How Many Wild Horses Should Be Allowed on Public Lands?

Depends on how you weigh the value of horses, cattle, wildlife, economic growth and ecological sustainability, according to a column in the Herald Journal of Logan, UT.

The government already knows what resources are available and typically assigns most of them to privately owned livestock, as in this example from the Warm Springs HMA.

Warm Springs AUM Summary-1

The 202 horses allowed by plan receive just 11% of the authorized forage, supporting an observation made earlier this week that livestock, not horses, are are the highly valued animals on western rangelands.

This is not a consequence of the original WHB Act but a result of changes wrought by FLPMA and PRIA, which promoted the interests of ranchers, not wild horses as suggested by the writer.

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