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Iron County, BLM working on wild horse deal

BLM is looking for a compromise with Iron County, but if the feds don’t act soon, locals may do the roundup.



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It seems the threat by Iron County to do its own roundup and the drought have prompted the BLM to step up their efforts.

"The county and BLM have been talking about this issue for some time. What accentuated the topic was the drought conditions. It’s a real problem," Palma said. "We need to protect the range from wild horses and other hoofed animals in these conditions. It is our responsibility to protect the range over the long term, and we need to do that by gathering some of the horses now."

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Cedar City wild horse adoption

Horses from the BLM’s Delta and Gunnison facilities will be available for adoption May 16-17 at the agency’s Cedar City Corrals, 775 N. 100 East. Horses gathered as part of an emergency Iron County roundup, if it occurs, could also be available then. The horses can be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis for $125. Contact Chad Hunter at the BLM Cedar City Field Office, 435-865-3000, for details. More information is at http://tinyurl.com/bswp8ek.

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National events on the wild horse front also surfaced Friday, when the BLM announced its priorities for fiscal year 2015 in President Barack Obama’s requested $1.1 billion budget.

The spending plan seeks an increase of $2.8 million for the Wild Horse and Burro program. Part of the money would go toward continued studies of more effective and longer-lasting fertility-control practices for the animals.

The budget also calls on Congress to establisha nonprofit foundation for the BLM. The foundation could bring additional resources to important BLM initiatives such as wild horses.

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman




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