Utah Demands Removal of Wild Horses from SITLA Lands

February 4, 2015

Brain Maffly | Salt Lake Tribune

“The state of Utah is asking a federal judge to force the Bureau of Land Management to remove wild horses from state-trust lands, particularly from a big tract in Iron and Beaver counties.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration alleges years of failed management has led to population explosions of the protected animals, even though BLM wranglers scoured the Blawn Wash area last summer, removing every horse they encountered.”

“Meanwhile, state lawmakers emphasized their unhappiness with the situation, introducing a resolution before the Utah Senate that echoes the allegations in the SITLA suit.”

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Wild Horses on Public Lands

The County Seat episode discussing the Wild Horse program administered by the BLM. The issues on the ground affect many users of both public and private lands.

“The Wild Horse is an icon of the American West. As such they were protected under the Horse and Burro Act in 1971. 43 years later that very protection may be one of the biggest threats to Wild Horses.”

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Visit the BLM’s website for more information on this issue.