Land Use Planning 101

Privately owned livestock on a 475,000 acre parcel set aside for wild horses receive eight times as much forage as the horses.  The AML represents 11% of the capacity of the land.

(a) Should the next roundup be carried out with helicopters or bait traps?

(b) How many of the mares should be darted with contraceptives?

(c) What percentage of the herd should be shipped off to private sanctuaries?

If you tried to answer those questions, you’re part of the problem.  If you said “This is nuts!” you’re part of the solution.

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