What to do With the Wild Horses

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

There are about 33,000 wild horses living on federal ranges in ten western states, but the land is only fit to hold about 27,000 of the animals. Now federal authorities are trying to figure out what to do with the surplus.

So far the feds have come up with two options. One is to adopt the wild horses out without limitations, and the other is to euthanize the surplus. The Bureau of Land Management admits that neither are popular options.

Wild horse herds can double every four years and of the 33,000 wild horses that live on federal lands, 25,000 of them live in Nevada. Right now approximately 100 wild horses live on the 36,000 acres that make up the little book cliffs here on the Western slope. One reason our area isn't being weighed down by a surplus of horses is the help the B.L.M. receives from groups like Friends of the Mustangs, and the Sheriff's Posse who helps house the horses. Which saves the B.L.M. alot of money.

In 2007 the B.L.M. spent close to 39 million dollars on its wild horse and burro program. They spent more than half of that money for short and long term holding, a cost they're looking to get rid of.

The B.L.M. is looking for public input on its proposed solutions and is certainly welcoming any new suggestions.


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  • by Josh Location: Nevada on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    i go hunting and see them far to much. im from Nevada and i think that if you want them to be wild, they will be treated like deer and elk that are also wild. hunting tags should be issued to hunt them. Simple solution and no money from the government is used to try and stop the population growth.
  • by kayla Location: athens, texas on Aug 6, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    I think that the wild horses should stay wild!!! I understand that ur helping them, but i still think they should stay wild!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Donna Location: Oklahoma on Jul 14, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    I believe the young lady with the flat fee of $125.00 adoption could be onto something. Allowing these horses a chance that will obviously be more advantageous to the new owner and the animal. Working toward a working relationship and offering a draw in for the roundup also is an idea. Who doesn't want to say they spent their 2 week vacation helping roundup the wild mustangs for the govt adoption sale. Heck give them a tax receipt. Who knows you may have more than you can accomodate.
  • by Wendy Location: Gjct on Jul 9, 2008 at 03:58 PM
    Back in the day you could "adopt" a wild horse for a flat $125.00 and a lottery draw. Now the so called "adoption" is whom ever has the most $'s! I'm sure you could find alot more homes for the horses rounded up if it was back to that. Realizing still that it does cost the "Govn't $'s to round up but euthanasia is an awful thing. I've been there done that.
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