Another Reader Blasts Stewart and Lee’s Letter

Refer to this letter, posted today by St. George News in response to the letter of 05/17/19 by Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

“Overpopulation is a concocted crisis.  It is wrongful to take wild horses from the range and inject them with chemical sterilants because the rationale for doing so – overpopulation – is fake.”

RELATED: Reader Pens Rebuttal to Stewart and Lee’s Letter.

Journey to Marietta

Off-road trip to the Marietta Wild Burro Range by kingcidtravels.

The designation of ‘Range’ means the area is managed primarily for wild burros in accordance with the WHB Act.  It is the only WBR in the western U.S.

There are three ‘Ranges’ for wild horses in the western U.S.  Many of the remaining areas—which were set aside for wild horses and burros—are managed primarily for domestic livestock, a twisting of the law by the BLM to pacify the public-lands ranchers.

Reader Pens Rebuttal to Stewart and Lee’s Letter

Refer to this letter by a reader of the St. George News, in response to the letter written by Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.  The conversions from AUMs to cattle and sheep are not correct but it’s worth the read.

RELATED: Stewart and Lee: Pleaders for the Public-Lands Ranchers.

UPDATE: The AUM conversions would be correct if the cattle and sheep were on the range for one month per year, but six months might be a better estimate.  If that’s true, a cow/calf pair would consume six AUMs annually and the total available AUMs should be divided by six to obtain the number of animals.  Horse and burros are on the range year around and therefore the total available AUMs should be divided by 12 to obtain the equivalent number of animals.  For example, 1.5 million AUMs would support 250,000 cow/calf pairs or 125,000 wild horses.