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    RENO -- Faced with too many wild horses on the range and in holding facilities, federal officials are considering drastic policy changes that include ending roundups and euthanizing animals.

    U.S. Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Henri Bisson said Monday there is an overpopulation of wild horses on public lands and the agency can no longer afford to care for the numbers of mustangs that have been rounded up. The number of horses adopted by the public has dropped off, leaving the BLM with more animals than it can care for, he said.

    One option would be to stop all roundups -- something the agency said would lead to "ecological disaster."

    "The other option is to use some combination of the (adoption program) and euthanasia, which would be really difficult to do," Bisson said.


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    Eat them. Seriously. This is a huge problem in the West. All the whiny PETA people have no idea how bad this gets in some areas. It's worth noting that there are no indigenous wild horses in North America for a reason - we ate them up 10,000 years ago. We are the only serious predator for these animals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Eat them. Seriously. This is a huge problem in the West. All the whiny PETA people have no idea how bad this gets in some areas. It's worth noting that there are no indigenous wild horses in North America for a reason - we ate them up 10,000 years ago. We are the only serious predator for these animals.

    Do the wild horses carry TB like the deer in Michigan do? Overpopulation contributes to that, which is why although I am not a hunter, I support hunters.

    Wolves are probably what used to eat the horses. There are definitely not as many of them as there used to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Do the wild horses carry TB like the deer in Michigan do? Overpopulation contributes to that, which is why although I am not a hunter, I support hunters.

    Wolves are probably what used to eat the horses. There are definitely not as many of them as there used to be.
    They have a number of diseases. I don't know if wolves ate the original wild horses but I do know that people finished them off. We did it once, we can do it again. :p

    Now I like horses, including wild ones, but we just have too many at the moment. ;)
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    OMG, an aquaintence of mine who has greyhounds and lives in the Chicago area volunteers at a horse rescue facility near the Chicago 'burbs and goes West each year to help with the roundup. She'll be extremely disturbed to hear this.

    Will post a happier story when I get home from work about horses being sent to the slaughterhouse that were rescued by our Humane Society after the truck flipped over on the highway.
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    The new regs on wild horse adoption have really depressed the horse adoption market. Dealing with a wild horse is a very time consuming and often unrewarding hobby. Most never become ridable and relatively few people are willing to feed, vet, shoe, and shelter an unusable, often vicious, animal of that size.

    It's a problem all the way around.

    Even if some are killed, many more will still be rounded up and put up for adoption so your friend will still be able to save many. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Eat them. Seriously. This is a huge problem in the West. All the whiny PETA people have no idea how bad this gets in some areas. It's worth noting that there are no indigenous wild horses in North America for a reason - we ate them up 10,000 years ago. We are the only serious predator for these animals.
    Eat them?:eek: Isn't that phrase around for a reason?
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    Eat them?:eek: Isn't that phrase around for a reason?
    I love horses (and periodically own them) but I'm well aware that Europe has an insatiable appetite for horse flesh. It's not my speed because it's not my culture but selling them abroad for food makes more sense than killing them and dragging them to landfills or something.

    The new laws against selling horses for meat have just resulted in huge numbers of creaky, old animals being trailered to a convenient spot and released. That's hardly as humane as a quick death.
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