Monday, June 20, 2016

Current estimated wild horse population reportedly exceeds AML by more than 40,000

Controversy in Southern Utah, including here in Iron County, continues over the number of wild horses on public lands. According to the Bureau of Land Management website, the BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (as amended by Congress in 1976, 1978, 1996, and 2004). This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands. To promote healthy conditions on the range, the BLM determines what it calls the Appropriate Management Level (AML), which is the number of wild horses and burros that can thrive in balance with other public land resources and uses. Wild horses and burros that exceed AML (currently 26,715) are to be removed from the range, in accordance with the 1971 law, as amended. The current estimated on-range wild horse and burro population (as of March 1, 2016) is 67,027, a 15 percent increase over the 2015 estimate of 58,150. That means the current west-wide on-range population exceeds AML by more than 40,000. The BLM's finding is that wild horse and burro herds double in size about every four years. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators, thus the reason the herd continues to grow. The BLM states that the population of off-range (unadopted or unsold) wild horses and burros maintained in holding facilities is more than 45,000 as of May 2016. Current estimated wild horse population reportedly exceeds AML by more than 40,000..Ranchers are asking the government to apply the same regulations to the wild horses that pertain to cattle on the various ranches and open ranges...more

1 comment:

drjohn said...

The government is now the largest mismanager of livestock in the US, over a 100,000 at a cost of 500,000.00 each day. Meanwhile a child dies every five seconds because of diseases brought on by poor nutrition. Each 1000 pound horse would yield 3200 cans quarter pound of stew. multiply this by 75,000 and the amount is in the millions. process a horse feed a child. Mustang stew safe, nutritious and delicious.