Video from 2009. Explains the adoption process. Should be the same today. No sale authority, no cash and carry. You do the heavy lifting for a year as a foster home, then you get title.
On White Mountain HMA (Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour).
Here’s a presentation about wild horses for a professional communications course at Colorado State University. Purpose of this post is not to criticize the speaker but to question the content of the speech. Maybe the student did what he had to do to get a passing grade from his Marxist professor.
Where did he get his information? From the ranching industry? Presentation seems to be very one-sided. Includes the infamous photos from the Cold Creek herd in 2015 and contains several elements of the wild horse narrative.
- Habitat damage
- Competition for scarce resources with other native species
- No natural predators
The talk even mentions climate change, a sure sign the speech was produced by liberals for consumption by liberals. The discussion beginning at 3:01 blames wild horses for damaging riparian habitats, when it was the fence that caused it, by interfering with the free-roaming nature of these animals and their search for food and water.
Posting this video as a guest commentary. More people are learning about these icons of the American West, and that’s a good thing. Additional remarks:
- BLM allows oil and gas exploration and production on public lands, along with timber harvesting and mining, but the greatest threat to WHB comes from the ranching industry
- The conflict goes back many years
- Horses and burros removed from public lands are also placed in off-range pastures
- BLM spends about $50 million annually to care for animals removed from western rangelands
- BLM tries to place these animals into private hands through adoption and sale
- PZP is a contraceptive, extended use may lead to sterilization
- BLM is moving ahead with sterilization research as a potential long-term ‘solution’ to the wild horse ‘problem’
H/T to Laura, a new voice for our wild ones at Gone to the Horses.
Short one from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Unit. Filmed 07/22/18.
RELATED: Horses of the Badlands. Other videos from TRNP posted to the Index under ‘Mustang Monday.’
Virginia Range mustang looks back, as if calling to other band members. Elevation 6500 feet. Most land is privately owned.