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BLM to hold hearing in Salt Lake on wild horse, burro program

The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation the Humane Society and Catoor Livestock, round up wild horses in Decemeber 2008 in the Cedar Mountains in Tooele County. The BLM will host a statewide public hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.13, to discuss th
The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation the Humane Society and Catoor Livestock, round up wild horses in Decemeber 2008 in the Cedar Mountains in Tooele County. The BLM will host a statewide public hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.13, to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses and burros
Jeffrey D Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management will host a statewide public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses and burros. The meeting will be held at the BLM’s Salt Lake field office, 2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd.

“Helicopter and motorized vehicle usage is a critical management tool when managing wild horses and burros on the open range,” Tami Howell, Salt Lake wild horse and burro specialist, said in a statement. “These management tools allow us to conduct aerial population surveys, monitor animal distribution, and transport captured animals in an effective and humane manner.”

Utah’s statewide wild horse and burro population exceeds 6,000 animals, which is well above the approved management level of 2,000. Having an overabundance of animals may cause resource damage resulting in limited forage and water availability, which reduces the number of animals that can be supported on the land.

The meeting will be held in Salt Lake City due to its proximity to the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area in Tooele County, where a proposal has been made to gather and remove wild horses from the area. Other planned gathers include areas located in Millard and Beaver counties.

For additional information about the hearing or wild horse and burro adoptions, visit blm.gov.