The wild horse dilemma is a very emotional issue. Horse lovers, want to expand their habitat, and ranchers and wildlife managers want to contract their numbers. Beyond the emotions are facts. Here are 6 of the most important ones.
Video starring Chad Booth
Fact 1: ‘Wild’ horses are not really wild, they are feral. They are the descendants of domesticated livestock that came to the Americas in the 15th Century and escaped from the Spaniards.
Fact 2: Wild horses and burros are not species native to North America.
Fact 3: While they are protected under federal law, wild horses are not threatened or endangered and wild horse populations are currently at three times the appropriate management level.
Fact 4: If you take all other users off public lands such as ranchers, miners and wildlife, wild horses will still overrun and destroy the range.
Fact 5: Horse birth control is only marginally effective at controlling overpopulation.
Fact 6: Gathering wild horses and putting them out to pasture on private land is bankrupting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Video produced by the County Seat TV
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