Originally Posted by crimsonsky
free roaming horses that are on public lands, meaning BLM or forest service, are protected under that act of 1971. Horses on private, local or tribal lands are NOT afforded the same protection. They are solely considered feral and are dealt with in that way.
I'm curious on your information on that? I'm honestly not sure on the tribal lands - they tend to have different laws. However, on private lands the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971 specifically states:
“If wild free-roaming horses or burros stray from public lands onto privately owned land, the owners of such land may inform the nearest Federal marshal or agent of the Secretary, who shall arrange to have the animals removed. In no event shall such wild free-roaming horses and burros be destroyed except by the agents of the Secretary.”