Put the overpopulated numbers into the backyards of the enviornmentalists who
support the no kill strategy. Let them decide what to do with the
problem.Otherwise, reduce the numbers in the most humane manner possible. We do
that with our wildlife by issuing hunting permists.
Maybe the state wild life board, the fire fighters of Utah, and the BLM should
come together and get creative in using this asset in the wild to good use as
perfect off road asset to get to and fight wild fires. Teams of horse could
easily pull drag sleds to create fire breaks much easier than manpower and
machinery that cannot get to the fires. Horse teams can haul supplies,
equipment, water tanks, hoses, and teams much faster than hiking or high cost
air dropsThese horse could also be an asset in rescue and recovery
in remote canyons and wilderness where people are injured or lost. All this
squabbling is wasting lives and an asset under their noses. When not needed the
horses could be tagged and left to free range until they are needed again, which
is often in Utah. The high numbers could be more manageable if range land and
fires were smaller and easier to stop.
Stop allowing ranchers grazing rights on land set aside for wild horses. At the very least, demand the ranchers cut back their herds to match
their grazing permits.