Wild Horses Subjugated to Land Use Plans

According to 43 CFR 4710.1, a federal regulation, management activities affecting wild horses and burros shall be in accordance with approved land use plans.

This is government writing its own rules, perhaps at the behest of special interests.

It’s not necessarily a bad idea.  You don’t want to place 1,600 wild horses in an area that can only support 1,200.

Unfortunately, there is no requirement that the plans assign most of the resources to wild horses, which explains what you see today in many wild horse areas.

Now that the link to the statute is broken, you’ll find 200 wild horses in an area that can support 1,200, accompanied by hundreds or thousands of privately owned livestock.

The advocates, unfazed by the practice, worry instead about the best way to get rid of ‘excess’ animals, horse #201 and so on.

RELATED: What’s Missing from America’s Public Lands?

One thought on “Wild Horses Subjugated to Land Use Plans

  1. Since the 1976 Kleppe v, New Mexico Supreme Court established the wildlife status for Wild horse and burro herd, the US Fish and Wildlife Service should be accountable for their PROTECTION under the Endangered Species Act.

    Failure to identify the Wild horse and burro as a Cultural Resource has extinguished many distinct population segments of Native North American Herds. It is the duty of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to correct this fatal flaw and provide for the amendment of Resource Management plans

    The First Americans, Their Customs, Art, History and How They Lived
    Chief Consultant Stanley Fried PH.d. ,
    Curator Dept of Anthropology: The American Museum of Natural History

    Brief Summary of multiple tribal horse cultural references:
    The Southwest Indians were the first of all tribes to own horses. They initially tended those of the Spaniards and Europeans, and inevitably came to own and selectively manage their own herds. Being responsible for the horses’ care, Tribal women’s lives were also radically altered as her bridal value was calculated on the number of horses her suitor gave her father.
    By 1770 nearly every grassland tribe was well supplied with mounts and became peerless riders and breeders. To the white man coming onto the Plains, these pintos, duns, and splotched cayuses appeared no match for their own heavy grain-fed mounts, yet in battle or on the hunt the Indian’s horses far excelled those of the Europeans.
    The evolution of the wild horse and burro today has resulted in herds that have been subjected and adapted to the harshest of environments and predators. But can they survive the biggest threat of all…a government with an extinguishment agenda of America’s Protected Icon?

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