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  • BLM to Host Public Hearing for Use of Motorized Vehicles and Aircraft in Management of Wild Horses
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    Published - 06/12/14 - 02:56 PM | 6 6 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    BLM to Host Public Hearing for Use of Motorized Vehicles and Aircraft in Management of Wild Horses
    BLM to Host Public Hearing for Use of Motorized Vehicles and Aircraft in Management of Wild Horses
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah will host its annual statewide public hearing to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses and burros on Utah’s public lands. An annual public hearing for comments on this issue is required by federal regulation and the Cedar City hearing will be the only one held in Utah this year.

    Southern Utah was chosen as the location of this year’s meeting due to the recent decision to gather and remove up to 200 wild horses from Iron and Beaver counties later this year.

    The hearing will be held:

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Cedar City Heritage Center

    105 N 100 E

    Cedar City, Utah

    “Helicopter and motorized vehicle usage is a critical tool for managing wild horses on the open range,” said Chad Hunter, Cedar City Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. “These management tools allow us to conduct aerial population inventories, monitor animal distribution, and transport gathered animals in an effective and humane manner.”

    Since government roundups began in 1975, the BLM has removed more than 14,600 wild horses and 500 burros from Utah’s rangelands. Over 7,500 of these animals have been adopted locally.

    Utah’s 2014 satellite adoptions started in May and continue throughout the state. Locations include Gunnison, Salt Lake City, and Delta, Utah. Daily adoptions are ongoing at the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility. Monthly adoptions are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Gunnison Prison Horse Facility in Gunnison, Utah.

    For additional information about the upcoming statewide public hearing, or future wild horse and burro adoptions, visit www.blm.gov/ut or contact the Cedar City Field Office at 435-865-3000 or the BLM Utah State Office at 801-539-4057.

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    Fran Sherwood
    June 19, 2014
    Really? The BLM is taking comments. Just another ploy to make the 80% feel like they actually have input. We all know who runs this government:special interests. These rounds ups needs to stop. Period. It is a waste of taxpayer money, it is cruel and inhumane, and it is contrary to findings in recent studies. Leave the horses and burros alone!
    Billie Rantala
    June 14, 2014
    The use of motorized vehicles to round up living creatures is cruel and as inhumane as the Chinese dolphin slaughters.
    Deborah Roberts
    June 13, 2014
    Stop helicopter round ups. They are cruel, frightening, and especially dangerous to the babies and older horses,
    Patricia Hayes
    June 13, 2014
    No helicopters for roundups. They are cruel and inhumane. This is way to expensive on top of that. Why is it so many photographers are able to get all the pictures they do without disturbing the mustangs? I follow at least 5 that do a tremendous job of giving us all a chance to see your beautiful state, and document the wild ones.
    Viola Bare
    June 13, 2014
    I implore the BLM Please stop the wild horse round up and slaughter! These horses are a iconic part of the west history and I would love to be able to come and see the horses. I had hoped to be able to adopt one in the years we had horses and rode, pleasure and trail riding, however that was not to be. I'm sure the cattle can find enough grazing without killing the horses. The cattle go to market and don't need grazing for that long of time that makes it necessary to kill off the iconic piece of west history.

    June 13, 2014
    They have hearings but they don't take action to save the wild horses. Stop helicopter roundups.
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