By Kristen Moulton | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published May 06 2014 01:18 pm • Last Updated May 06 2014 10:10 pm
Cattlemen continue war on Wild Horses
The BLM wanted to set up four more such “traps,” Miller said, and he wasn’t sure Tuesday whether the eight were captured in the original trap or a new one.The Bureau of Land Management on Monday removed eight wild horses from private land northwest of Cedar City, an Iron County commissioner said Tuesday.
“We’re pleased with anything, but it’s a drop in the bucket,” said Commission Chairman David Miller.
Iron and Beaver counties have been pressing the BLM to round up horses because there are far more than the agency’s own prescribed limits. According to May 1 numbers, the BLM estimates it has nearly 1,700 wild horses in western Iron and Beaver counties, an area where there are supposed to be just more than 600.
Ranchers say the horses are competing with cattle for feed and water, and the counties are threatening roundups this summer if the BLM doesn’t act.
To provide emergency relief in early April, the BLM set up corrals around a water trough on private land, but as of a week ago, not a single horse had been captured…(READ MORE)