Governor Gary Herbert says the state might be able to do a better job of managing wild horses on Utah’s public rangeland than federal authorities do. And both wild horse advocates and local officials in southern Utah say the Bureau of Land Management needs to be doing more.
There are differing estimates of the number of mustangs living on public rangeland in southwestern Utah. Local officials say there might be as many as 2000 in an area that can only sustain only about half that.
The standoff between a Nevada rancher and the federal government has put public lands issues in the national spotlight. But Utah’s governor says it’s not the kind of attention that helps to solve problems.
Federal officers stopped their roundup of Clive Bundy’s cattle earlier this month to prevent a violent confrontation with Bundy’s armed supporters.
A standoff between a Bunkerville, Nev., rancher and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ended without bloodshed. But observers say the conflict will continue in the courts, the West's statehouses and possibly on the range.
An armed standoff between federal land rangers and supporters of a Nevada rancher ended more than a week ago without violence. But observers on both sides say the land-rights controversy will continue.
A supporter of a Nevada ranching family is hoping her online petition will help to calm down a confrontation over cattle grazing on public land.
The Bureau of Land Management has been rounding up cattle belonging to the Bundy family on rangeland north of Las Vegas. Agency officials say the cattle are trespassing – the Bundys haven’t paid grazing fees for years. The family argues they’ve been using the land for generations, but they’ve lost two court decisions challenging federal jurisdiction.
Utah’s lieutenant governor and attorney general have brokered an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management not to bring cattle taken from public land in Nevada to a livestock auction in Utah.
This week, BLM officials started rounding up cattle belonging to the Bundy family from land the family has used for generations. Federal courts have determined the cattle are trespassing, and the family owes more than a million dollars in grazing fees.
Biologists, environmentalists and government agencies are meeting this week to work on plans to protect the sage grouse. They all agree on one goal – preventing the bird from being listed as an endangered species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must make a decision on an endangered species listing by the end of September next year. That decision could depend on whether it judges an environmental impact statement from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to be adequate.
More wild horses will be left on the range as the government runs out of places to put them. Here in Utah, there are no plans to remove horses from public land this year.
It’s not unusual for Utah to go several years without removing wild horses from public rangeland, though it’s not uncommon to see mustangs from Nevada and other states brought here for adoption. Lisa Reid with the Bureau of Land Management says there are actually more mustangs in government holding facilities than there left on the range.