Wed June 5, 2013
Independent Panel Readies Review Of BLM Mustangs
An independent panel of scientists that spent two years reviewing the U.S. government's controversial management of wild horses is poised to release a series of recommendations to combat skyrocketing costs and help quell decades of conflict on public rangelands.
The study being made public on Wednesday is expected to touch on a wide range of fronts, from mustang roundups and fertility control to better ways to calculate the preferred size of the free-roaming herds and their impacts on the range in 10 Western states.
The Bureau of Land Management requested the appointment of the 14-member research committee by the National Academy of Science's National Research Council in June 2011.
Especially contentious is disagreement over the role of and need for the roundups.