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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 7:16 am 
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BLM Director Neil Kornze says the administration can't afford to wage an increasingly uphill battle to protect the ecological health of federal rangeland across the West while at the same time properly managing tens of thousands of wild horses and caring for tens of thousands more rounded up in government corals.

. . . His experts estimate $1 billion will be needed to care for the 46,000 wild horses and burros currently in U.S. holding facilities over their lifetime. That doesn't include the cost of future efforts to shrink the population of the record-67,000 now roaming public lands in 10 Western states.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 7:56 am 
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Breaking that down: US$1B / 46000 = $21739 per animal. Assuming an average horse lifespan of 25 years, I guess that's about $870 per horse per year. I suppose the big question is, if these are wild animals, why must they be managed to such a degree and expense? They've been here a long long time, and they got by without such spending up until recently. How was this program ever supposed to be sustainable? Still, it's a drop in the bucket compared to money we've spent without any benefit to the US public or its environment, perhaps this is just the cost of our legacy of accumulated poor stewardship of this land.


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 8:24 am 
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A scheme to pay buddies of theirs to board the animals. I need to look into adopting a couple of wild horses. I do wonder if they could set up some more wild horse herds in Colorado. They no longer graze cattle on the forest land near our place in South Park. Place a herd of 40 horses there instead? Wouldn't take much to maintain the herd, grass and water are abundant. It would be quite cool to see wild mustangs when you hike the Colorado Trail.

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 4:44 am 
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BLM has long favored leasing land to ranchers for a pittance for cattle grazing, then using helicopters to do inhumane rounds ups of mustangs, so even those held orne through hell. It's a horrid practice
to begin with and the eek out a living out of very harsh conditions, left with the worst land to live on.

They're a symbol of the west and have helped man farm, travel, move west in the first place.
Leaving more in the wild would be better.


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