- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management is asking Utah residents and others to weigh in on a proposed wild horse roundup in Iron and Beaver counties.

Officials say they are studying how the potential roundup could affect plants and wildlife at the Bible Spring Complex.

The state agency is posting maps and other findings from an environmental analysis on its website, www.blm.gov/ut.

The proposal includes transporting some wild horses to refuges and giving birth control to others over a decade-long period.

Officials in Iron, Beaver and Sanpete counties have expressed concern over the issue of rangeland degradation due to a growing wild horse population and the risks it poses to both livestock and wildlife.

Feral horse advocacy groups contend the horses don’t do near as much damage to ranges as livestock.

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