“…the county allegations didn’t include enough specifics or proof.”
The U.S. Attorney for Utah Wednesday asked a federal judge to toss Utah’s Beaver County’s case alleging that federal managers have not done enough to address the assumed growing populations of native, wild horses.
The county alleges in a lawsuit filed last February that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management broke the law by failing to prevent, in their opinion, “explosive” population growth of wild horses. It also claims that birth control vaccines given to some herds didn’t do enough to address their problem, and that the horses threaten welfare grazing and its alleged positive impact on it’s tax base.
The filing is the latest effort by Utah officials’ long running push to speed up wild horse roundups and to appease their federally subsidized grazing constituency. The state does not have the authority to act on its own to euthanize, deliver birth control or to put the horses in holding pens.
Counterpoint: Wild Horse and Burro advocates have claimed that native, wild horses are best managed on public lands with low cost birth control and appropriate documentation. They further allege that the BLM has used just enough indiscriminate birth control to prove, by their reckoning, that it does not work.
The U.S. Department of the Interior previously argued the county had waived any such objections under a roundup agreement with the BLM.