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.
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.