Originally Posted by RockyTrails
Do not even bring up our wild horses being slaughtered to make room for the large welfare ranchers to graze their cattle at taxpayer expense on the land that belongs to the wild horses That I am against 100%. The ranchers leasing the open range supply less than 10% of the beef that hits our dinner tables. Make the big ranchers buy their grazing land the way the real cattle ranchers do.
Well, golly, you did bring up that old tidbit of misinformation.
Horses and cattle are two herbivores that differ in many ways. They affect range in different ways. The regulations governing the time cattle can be on range, the parts of the range that can be grazed, and what responsibilities the rancher has to the lease holder and the leased ground are quite strict. The six to ten weeks a year that cattle can be on leased ground, whether it be national grassland, forest service, BLM, state, whatever, does not negatively impact the numbers of feral horses.
If all cattle were to disappear from the U.S. Tomorrow, there would not be enough grasses and water to sustain uncontrolled growth of feral horses.