BLM plans Utah wild horse roundup hearing

SALT LAKE CITY — The federal Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles to round up wild horses and burros on Utah public lands.

The hearing is set for July 26 at the agency’s field office in Vernal.

BLM counts Utah’s wild horse population at about 2,700. About 300 are gathered annually to help control numbers.

Some 14,500 horses and 500 burros have been collected for adoption since government roundups began in 1975.

This year, BLM says it will conduct the annual roundup of excess horses in September.

Agency horse and burro specialist Dusty Carpenter says helicopters and other motorized equipment provide a safe and humane method of gathering horses from the open range.


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