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post #11 of 55 Old 05-09-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Honestly my opinion on this subject seems different than everyone else's. Well maybe.

I think it all depends on circumstances. I personally don't know if the mustang controversy is a problem or not. I have read articles saying mustangs are over-populated, and I have read some that say that they are just fine.

So here is my opinion. If they are not doing any damage, leave them be. They are beautiful creatures and an old American icon of the West.

However, if they really are a big problem, why not shoot them? They are wild animals, just like deer, pigs, and turkeys, which are all hunted and controlled by the DNR.

Right now, the BLM is taking care of it, so hopefully no need to shoot them, but where are all of these rounded up critters going? I'm assuming they are put up for adoption? Or maybe they just sit in holding pens with a very bleak future? Sometimes I just wonder if it is more humane just to shoot them.
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Again, this happened in australia... Not in USA, so BLM has nothing to do with this story.....
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Did he violate any laws?

If no, then I don't care.
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How many folks remember that the BLM herds used to be culled by rifle? It's always been a expedient way to reduce the numbers quickly and efficiently. It really wasn't that long ago....

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If you look at the larger picture in the link, you can just make out the blood on the mare's flank.

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I guess I don't get the big deal. The animal was wild. In my opinion, it's no different than shooting a coyote, deer, etc.
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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.”

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If you look at the larger picture in the link, you can just make out the blood on the mare's flank.
The horses flank isn't visible in the photo. I however do see blood on her shoulder in the sun.
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