Wild Horse Board Meeting Postponed

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Geoffrey Roth, Western Slope Now

An advisory board that makes recommendations about the management of wild horses on Bureau of Land Management land has postponed its latest meeting because of threats of legal action.

The BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting was scheduled to be held on March 27 and 28 in Salt Lake City.

Because the meeting was not announced until March 13, two public interest groups said the meeting violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act by not giving 30 days of public notice. So, both the Cloud Foundation and the American Wild Horse Campaign threatened to sue the BLM to stop the meeting from being held.

The BLM's website suggests the reason for the late notice was that the terms of 3 board members are set to expire on March 31, and without them on the board it would not have the quorum necessary to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.

At this time it is not clear when the meeting will be rescheduled.

The board's last meeting was this past October in Grand Junction. The board has caused controversy because some members have recommended euthanizing wild horses to help control the population.

Originally posted by Western Slope Now