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Wild Horses

UPDATE: Since our story first aired in February 2010, the Bureau of Land Management has proposed reforms to the way it addresses wild horses. It plans to issue more birth control to mares and round up fewer wild horses. The Bureau has also stated goals to ramp up adoption of wild horse and burros.

The noble steed, running free on the open range. The wild horse is a potent symbol of the American West. But as correspondent John Larson reports, wild horses are so adept at survival, they're over-running government land, and are being rounded up and confined in corrals, instead of roaming free.

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Too many wild horses? There are fewer than 30,000 (some say fewer than 15,000) in ten western states. Compare this to 3 million head of cattle. Most wild horse herds are not even large enough to be considered minimally viable (150-200 horses in a herd). Even Cloud's herd in Montana was gutted last fall but it spawned a movement to protect them on their legally designated ranges. And the movement is exposing the BLM for their cruelty to these iconic symbols of freedom and for their reckless expenditure of taxpayer dollars. Did you know that we lose at least $122 million a year on a public lands grazing program. Most of the cattle, often and approprated dubbed welfare cattle,are corporately owned by companies like Anheuser- Busch and Hewlett Packard. Meanwhile any animal big enough to kill a calf are wiped out by "Wildlife Services"--another agency busy spending our tax dollars. Visit us at the Cloud Foundation and see what you can do to help our public lands and the American taxpayer. . .and save a wild horse before they are going. . .going. . .gone.

Too many wild horses? There are fewer than 30,000 (some say fewer than 15,000) in ten western states. Compare this to 3 million head of cattle. Most wild horse herds are not even large enough to be considered minimally viable (150-200 horses in a herd). Even Cloud's herd in Montana was gutted last fall but it spawned a movement to protect them on their legally designated ranges. And the movement is exposing the BLM for their cruelty to these iconic symbols of freedom and for their reckless expenditure of taxpayer dollars. Did you know that we lose at least $122 million a year on a public lands grazing program. Most of the cattle, often and appropriated dubbed welfare cattle,are corporately owned by companies like Anheuser- Busch and Hewlett Packard. Meanwhile any animal big enough to kill a calf are wiped out by "Wildlife Services"--another agency busy spending our tax dollars. Visit us at the Cloud Foundation and see what you can do to help our public lands and the American taxpayer. . .and save a wild horse before they are going. . .going. . .gone.

02/05/'10

Right now, our troops in Afghanistan and the tribal peoples fighting with them could use all the trainable burros and horses they can get to carry on the fight against the terrorists in the mountainous regions of the Pashtun. We have a major disconnect here, what is going on? 30,000 horses... ? Whose side is the BLM on... ? Traitors... ? Why are Native Americans deliberately being left out of the solution process... ?

Geno

Lancaster,CA

Leave the horses on the open range and kick the domestic animals, such as, cattle, sheep, etc. off the open range.

Sad but true. The "problem" is not the the number of horses.
Entire herds are wiped out from the land using brutal and outdated methods.
And for the part showing a truck taking non adoptable horses to "pastures in Kansas", PLEASE!!
Why not state the truth: Remaining horses are oftentimes sold to "kill buyers" who sell them by the truckloads across the border to slaughterhouses.
What a cruel ending for horses, but the truth is: they don't have a lobby. The American wild horse is being eliminated at the expense of the taxpayer.
It is big business for those who profit.
Recently, 9000 comments were sent to BLM to protest upcoming roundups.
Let your voice be heard.

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