BLM Supports State Control of Wild Horses

Published on July 17, 2014 at 12:25PM

Utah Congressman Christ Stewert said the Bureau of Land Management supports his bill that would give states control over wild horse management. Stewart told The Salt Lake Tribune that he has talked with the BLM director on down. Stewart stated he doesn’t want to speak for the BLM, but said that they would “love to have this headache taken off their plate.” Governor Gary Herbert also issued a statement saying “The state of Utah can do a better job managing the wild horses and burros within our borders than anyone else.”

Wild horse advocates, meanwhile, argue that the BLM exaggerates the horse numbers and livestock should be the ones booted off the public range before horses. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the BLM spent $46 million last year warehousing 46,000 horses and 1,000 burros that it had removed from public lands but were unable to adopt.