Contrast these two items.
- The BLM wants Cliven Bundy’s herd off their land. Partially this is because he hasn’t paid rent, but mostly it’s about overgrazing. Whatever. But clearly, they had a big budget to take care of this.
- Utah’s Iron County threatened to sue the BLM. It’s the BLM’s responsibility to cull herds of mustangs … to prevent overgrazing. The BLM hasn’t been doing this because there isn’t enough money. (The threat go their attention; the first horses were brought in this week).
To me this sounds like an agency that needs better oversight to get its priorities in order.
FWIW: I thought the local mustang problem was not a big deal. Then I found out that the number of mustangs that need to be removed from the range, in my county alone, is 1,500. I didn’t imagine there were that many mustangs in all of Utah, and that’s just the excess in my own backyard.