Final Solution to America’s Wild Horse ‘Problem?’

The writer of an open letter in the Pagosa Daily Post has the answer: Relocate wild horses from areas where they are in conflict with livestock (which is most of them) to remote wilderness areas that are unsuited for livestock grazing.

Although the letter was addressed to DOI Secretary Haaland, she probably doesn’t have the authority to carry it out per Section 1339 of the statute.

Section 1333(a) refers to public lands that sustain existing herds (in 1971) of wild free-roaming horses and burros as “sanctuaries for their protection and preservation.”

2 thoughts on “Final Solution to America’s Wild Horse ‘Problem?’

  1. The Wild Horse and Burro Act does not stand alone since subsequent court findings have determined their “wildlife and special species status, by Native American fossil evidence, and the passage of 1976 FLPMA. The bottom line establishes regulations that mandate restoration conservation and preservation which in turn means that most resource management plans are fatally flawed. Amendments to plans are mandatory to comply with the multitude of options for rewilding our native American wild herds ….Our Congress must dock the DOI tails for mismanagement….or Congress is malfeasant for misappropriation of funding for the conversion of a national treasure.


  2. excert from 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act ” Effect of sale
    Any excess animal sold under this provision shall no longer be considered to be a wild free-roaming horse or burro for purposes of this chapter.”
    NOTE THE WORD “EXCESS” ….to date there is insufficient evidence that there are any excessive horses compared with the numbers of other wildlife and livestock.
    “BLM’s authority to “manage” wild free-roaming horses and burros is expressly made subject to “the provisions of this chapter[,]” 16 U.S.C. § 1333(a), including the provision that “[i]t is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture….” Id.§ 1331. It would be anomalous to infer that by authorizing the custodian of the wild free-roaming horses and burros to “manage” them, Congress intended to permit the animals’ custodian to subvert the primary policy of the statute by capturing and removing from the wild the very animals that Congress sought to protect from being captured and removed from the wild. It is difficult to think of a “management activity” that is farther from a “minimal feasible level” than removal.

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