Dire Condition of Wild Horses and Burros in Western U.S.

True or false?

___ a. Wild horses and burros are starving to death.

___ b. The land can no longer sustain the basic needs of these animals.

___ c. They are displacing cattle, sheep, elk, mule deer and sage grouse.

___ d. They graze vegetation close to the surface, stunting regrowth.

___ e. If livestock were removed, they would still die.

All are true, according to this opinion piece posted today in HJ News of Logan, UT.

No evidence, no citations, no supporting documentation.  Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Given that roughly nine million AUMs are allocated to livestock each year on public lands in the western U.S., 750,000 wild horses and burros could be returned to the range if the cattle and sheep were removed.

That’s fifteen times the number of animals currently in long-term holding!

RELATED: Infamous Fence Experiment, Vegetation Control on the Virginia Range, Wild Horses on the Edge (of the Road), Population Densities on Western Rangelands.

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