CEDAR CITY – The Bureau of Land Management Utah will host its annual statewide public hearing to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses and burros on Utah’s public lands.
An annual public hearing for comments on this issue is required by federal regulation and the Cedar City hearing will be the only one held in Utah this year.
Southern Utah was chosen as the location of this year’s meeting due to the recent decision to gather and remove up to 200 wild horses from Iron and Beaver counties later this year.
“Helicopter and motorized vehicle usage is a critical tool for managing wild horses on the open range,” said Chad Hunter, Cedar City Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. “These management tools allow us to conduct aerial population inventories, monitor animal distribution, and transport gathered animals in an effective and humane manner.”
Since government roundups began in 1975, the BLM has removed more than 14,600 wild horses and 500 burros from Utah’s rangelands. Over 7,500 of these animals have been adopted locally.
Utah’s 2014 satellite adoptions started in May and continue throughout the state. Locations include Gunnison, Salt Lake City, and Delta.
Daily adoptions are ongoing at the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility. Monthly adoptions are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Gunnison Prison Horse Facility.
For additional information about the upcoming statewide public hearing, or future wild horse and burro adoptions visits the BLM website, or contact the Cedar City Field Office at 435-865-3000 or the BLM Utah State Office at 801-539-4057.
- When: Wednesday, June 18, 6-7 p.m.
- Where: Cedar City Heritage Center, 105 north 100 east, Cedar City
- Additional hearing info: BLM Utah | Telephone 435-586-7872, 801-539-4057
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