Wyoming Sues Feds Over Wild Horse Management
The state of Wyoming has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have failed to managed wild horse herds in that state. Meanwhile, a University of Wyoming rangeland specialist has released the results of a study evaluating how wild horses and cattle graze the rangelands.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act federally protects wild horses and burros residing in western states and places them in the BLM’s jurisdiction. The BLM Wyoming website states that the BLM manages about 3,000 horses in 16 different herd management areas (HMAs) in that state. The agency establishes appropriate management levels for each HMA to ensure ecological balance among wildlife, livestock, and wild horses, the BLM said.
Earlier this year the BLM began removing wild horses from a part of the range where private, federal, and state lands intermingle to comply with a consent decree between the BLM and the owners of livestock that also use BLM-owned grazing lands. Prior to the removal, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said the state would sue the DOI and the BLM over its wild horse and burro management relative to range use.
On Dec. 8, Wyoming filed suit asking the court to order the federal agencies to manage the state’s wild horses according to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros
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