The state recently filed a motion to intervene in a case brought by Friend of Animals against the BLM disputing four of the agency’s management plans that affect wild horses in six HMAs, including Muddy Creek and Onaqui Mountain.
The plans authorize fertility control and roundups over ten-year periods, eliminating public input and oversight, according to a column in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Western Horse Watchers believes the focus is wrong and rejects the statement about oil, gas and mineral extraction projects damaging the environment and contributing to climate change. While those activities may have an effect on wild horses, it is small compared to the impact of public-lands ranching.
Gather plans don’t change the land-use plans, they enforce them. By minimizing AMLs and shifting most of the resources to livestock operators, they drive the roundups and other resource enforcement actions, including
- Fertility control
- Sex ratio skewing
Why not target the land-use plans and the policies and regulations that support them?
Some have been around for over 20 years. Why don’t they come up for public review on a regular basis or have sunset provisions that necessitate their reauthorizations?