Wild Horse & Burro

NAS Report 2013

Wild Horse Advocates often take small bits of information from this report out of context to show it supports their beliefs about wild horses.  The problem is that those snippets of information taken from the NAS Report by wild horse advocates may be very misleading.

As an example, some advocates claim the report supports leaving the excess horses on the range because of a finding on page 5 of the report.  “FINDING: Management practices are facilitating high horse population growth rates.”   These same advocates believe free-roaming horse populations will magically self-regulate.  They don’t, their population expands until they begin to starve!  Just read the next finding on page six.

“FINDING: The primary way that equid populations self-limit is through increased competition for forage at higher densities, which results in smaller quantities of forage available per animal, poorer body condition, and decreased natality and survival.”

I recommend NAS Report to anyone wanting a better understanding of our wild horses and burros.  Just remember, it needs to be taken as a whole.  Use good horse sense and gain an understanding of the report instead of just repeating the words. 


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National Academies of Science(NAS) 2013 Report

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2015-07-30 (11)  Wild Horses-Wheeler Pass HMA-Cold Creek Area 2015-08-20 (61) Wild Horses-Wheeler Pass HMA-Cold Creek Area
What self-limiting horse populations look like

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