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Utah U.S. Attorney asks Judge to Toss County Wild Horse & Burro Suit

Source: Multiple

“…the county allegations didn’t include enough specifics or proof.”

BLM’s war on America’s wild horses and burros ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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.

On Wednesday, John Huber’s office filed the motion to dismiss the suit in U.S. District Court in Utah, saying federal managers were not obligated to corral all federally protected wild horses and that the county allegations didn’t include enough specifics or proof.

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.

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  1. If the truth be told (of course BLM does not know the meaning of the word), Utah BLM states that the Chloride Canyon Herd Management Area (HMA) wild horse population grew 161% in one year (March 2014 to March 2015) which would mean that 36 wild horses had 58 successful surviving foals in that ONE year.
    The Choke Cherry HMA grew 256% in one year (March 2014 to March 2015) which would require the 43 wild horses to have 110 successful surviving foals in that ONE year.
    The Four Mile HMA grew 157% in one year which would require 35 wild horses to have 55 successful surviving foals in that ONE year.
    The North Hills HMA grew 225% in one year which would require 36 wild horses to have 81 successful surviving foals in that ONE year.
    Obviously basic math and basic biology have never even crossed the “minds” of BLM employees.
    These above figures are the published statistics from BLM and are a clear violation of title 18 regarding falsification of legal documents. These BLM people need to be behind bars. Fraud.


  2. These beautiful animals deserve to live free and unharmed. Please do all you can to insure this. Thank you.


  3. Utah spent $4.4 billion in federal funds last year, audit shows

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah spent nearly $4.4 billion in federal funds last year, a new state audit shows.
    The figure represents almost 23 percent of all state spending in the budget year that ended June 30, the report shows.
    Federal dollars are a major source of funding for the state.


  4. Utah’s current statewide population is estimated to be around 68,000 animals, making elk the second most abundant big game species in the state, just behind mule deer.Sep 5, 2014. see Elk Population by State – U.S. Elk Population | goHUNT
    This wildlife population exceeds the wildlife horse and burro population in all western states. The nation’s wildlife laws originated with the Magna Carta.
    The Dept of the Interior should have changed the management jurisdiction of Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Herds from BLM to USFWS/NPS after the first case decision established wildlife status, Kleppe v New Mexico. Further fossil evidence confirmed the North American Native wildlife status.
    Also Mt. States v Hodel” In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a particular species of wildlife. At the outset, it is important to note that wild horses and burros are no less “wild” animals than are the grizzly bears that roam our national parks and forests. ”
    By operation of law, if horses were managed under wildlife laws. wildlife preserves, as well as Herd areas, may be relevant to the exemption clause” of the 1976 Federal Land Planning & Management Act. Sec. 302(a) which says; in relevant part,
    “where a tract of the BLM lands has been dedicated to specific uses according to other provisions of law, it shall be managed in accordance with such laws.”


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