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Letter: Ranchers should help with wild horses
First Published May 09 2014 03:39 pm • Last Updated May 10 2014 10:02 pm

It seems to me that the ranchers complaining about the wild horses on BLM land so they can graze more cattle should volunteer their time and resources to help with the round-up. ("Amid debate, eight wild horses captured in Iron County," Tribune, May 6.)

The BLM is claiming it doesn’t have the budget to round up the horses on public land. The ranchers think there are too many wild horses that compete with their cheap grazing of cattle on public land.

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Instead of using the money to sue the BLM (which enriches lawyers) how about volunteering their time and resources to round up the wild horses? This would help the BLM budget and save taxpayers money.

The only other problem is where to take/store the horses. If you remove them from public land, where do you put them? This is another problem that needs resolved. Maybe the ranchers could corral and feed the captured wild horses? With the extra cattle they can now graze on public land, the profits could be used to feed and maintain the captured wild horses. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Marilyn Marshall

Salt Lake City

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