Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Wyoming Group Sues BLM Over Mustangs' Grazing Habits

A Wyoming corporation is asking a federal court to order the Department of the Interior (DOI) to remove wild horses that have strayed from federal lands onto privately held properties. The Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) is a Wyoming corporation that owns and leases approximately one million acres of private land within the Wyoming Checkerboard, which consists of both public and private lands. The area includes the White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas on which Bureau of Land Management (BLM) animals reside. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on July 27, a 1981 federal court order requires the BLM to remove wild animals that had strayed from herd management areas onto RSGA lands. However, the RSGA voluntarily agreed to allow 500 BLM animals on its properties. The current lawsuit seeks the removal of all BLM-managed animals from RSGA lands on grounds that agency failed to comply with the 1981 agreement...more

1 comment:

drjohn said...

We all know that treaties, agreements and MOU's with the feds are nothing more than scribbling in the sand. I doubt that the law suit by RSGA will stand for a big reason, despite the fact that Wyoming now has a feral animal law there is still the fence out law in this state that states if you don't want animals,except elk, goats and pigs, on your land fence them out. I also know that the RSGA has offered to let these feral horses stay on the RSGA land for a fee which the feds have refused to discuss.If the RSGA wins it will set a good precedent for other states as well. I wish them good luck.