Wild Horse Numbers In Utah Encourage Land Management Discussion (KUTV) Governor Herbert says Utah has too many wild horses, but horse lovers say ranchers and cattle are causing all the problems.
More than 3000 wild horses graze on Utah public land, according to the Bureau of Land Management, and there are supposed to be fewer than 2,000 according to government regulations.
The BLM tries to round up horses, train them and find them homes, but the program isn't working very well.
At a news conference last week, Governor Herbert said the BLM needs to obey its own horse rules, now national horse lovers have sent a stiff letter to the governor accusing him of scapegoating horses for the damage caused by cattle.
Horse people say government should run ranchers off the land at least in part and let horses flourish. The governor says horses need to be relocated and adopted and he wants more state control over federal public land policy.