Bureau of Land Management

Monday, October 1, 2012

Federal Government Plans Horse, Burro Roundup in Western States

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Thousands of wild horses and burros will be rounded up by federal officials, according to the Associated Press, in states including New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

Using helicopters and bait- and water-trapping methods, the Bureau of Land Management has arranged for contractors to corral 3,500 wild horses and burros. An additional 900 horses will be captured for birth control injections before returning to range lands, wrote the AP.

In total, there are 37,300 wild horses and burros on public range lands in the Western states. The AP notes that horse advocacy groups have been critical of government roundups and have been concerned the horses were sent to slaughter.

"We do not send horses to slaughterhouses," Chris Hanefeld, a BLM spokesman in Ely, Nev., told the AP. "You can quote me."

A total of 274 horses will be captured in Idaho on land near the East Fork of the Salmon River, 137 of those will be released.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Idaho Rural Roadblock Will Be Argued in Federal Court

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

A legal standoff between Custer County and the U.S. government over a remote stretch of a central Idaho road remains at a deadlock, following a ruling from U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

The deadlock surrounds Herd Creek Road, where the Bureau of Land Management placed large boulders blocking the road to keep motorized vehicles from the area in order to help protect the Jerry Peak Wilderness Study. Custer County officials weren't too pleased with the road being blocked, and according to the Associated Press, sent heavy machinery to the road on Sunday.

"But [they] stopped short of removing the boulders after the decision by Winmill, who wrote the county failed to follow proper guidelines to wrest control of the road from the federal agency," wrote the AP's John Miller.

In his opinion, issued last Friday, Winmill wrote that Herd Creek Road had been closed since 1999, "and there is no showing of any need for reopening the road at this point."

Attorneys representing the BLM and Custer County are expected in a Pocatello courtroom this Thursday to argue over Winmill's temporary restraining order that, for now, keeps the road closed.

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