Counties Push For State Control Of Wild Horses

Jul 2, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A couple of southern Utah counties that vowed to break federal law and round up wild horses this summer if the Bureau of Land Management didn't do it first are backing down from that threat.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Iron and Beaver county commissioners are instead mounting a campaign to have rules changed so states, not the federal government, control how many horses are allowed on the ranges.

A resolution outlining that plan from Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney earned the backing of the Utah Association of Counties. Whitney says he'll ask for support from the National Association of Counties at the group's meeting next week in New Orleans.

Suzanne Roy of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign called it a ridiculous proposal that isn't feasible.