The writer mentions competition with livestock but does not explain how far the government has tipped the scales in favor of the ranchers—on land identified for horses.
The story includes remarks from the turncoats and allies of the ranchers, along with the usual pablum about wild horses.
- They’re non-native (status of livestock ignored)
- They’re overpopulated
- They’re destroying western rangelands
- Better to get rid of them with PZP than helicopters
- Not enough food and water for horses and other local animals
As for the recent Onaqui roundup, the BLM gave fertility control injections to just over a hundred mares and stallions, according the story, before returning them to the wild.