BLM roundup to begin October 7

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Jena Doak, [email protected]

Letters in protest of the upcoming BLM horse roundup were mentioned at last night’s Rock Springs City Council meeting.

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“We did receive several emails and letters from mostly people who travel to our area, who enjoy going out to see the horses and taking pictures and the like,” Rock Springs City Mayor Tim Kaumo said. “I’m just not sure what the city function would be, whether you support it or don’t support it.”

The time to appeal has come and gone. Besides, the land in question is mostly owned by BLM and private citizens.

One such letter by a regular visiting photographer, Jen Britton, pleaded for the council’s support. However, the chance for the public to formally protest the gathering ended in August.

“I wanted to let you know the impact this will have from my perspective as a wild horse photographer — I’d appreciate it if the city council could support the horses and oppose BLM’s radical removal plans,” Britton said.

According to Rock Springs BLM Field Office Manager Kimberlee Foster, the formal public appeal period ended August 21. It was held during the summer, so that people had plenty of time to appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

“There was one appeal, and it was dismissed for lack of standing,” Britton said.

The roundup is set to begin tomorrow, October 7, and will last for several months.

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