Bureau of Land Management

Controversy surrounds ‘overgrazing’ by wild horses

15 Apr, 2014

Wild horse advocates say the government is favoring ranchers like Bundy over the needs of wild horses, allowing ranchers to overgraze protected lands; ranchers and some others say the horses themselves are overgrazing the land. Advocate Bonnie Kohleriter says:

Americans want wild horses on our public lands. You cattlemen and wildlife people are special interest groups. … You need to stop attacking the wild horses, attempting to diminish their numbers, and make resources available to them.

Wildlife Society biologist Debra Hawk criticizes the BLM for not holding more wild-horse roundups, saying that the expanding number of wild horses harms other species that rely on the land.

Not conducting roundups will result in further degradation of native ranges, harming native wildlife and plants …

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