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Letter: 'Wild' horses

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  • elgreco grand junction, CO
    May 6, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    Thank you, Mr. Gardiner, for offering up a realistic look at our wild horse management programs. If individual taxpayers realized how much of their money goes to gathering, stabling, feeding and, in fewer and fewer cases, adopting out these feral animals they would be appalled. If the conversation were about wild pigs or wild goats, there would be no conversation. But in the end, there is no difference. Horses degrade and denude the range, breed like rabbits, and push out the truly native wildlife. Let's get back to sensible solutions for dealing with this problem, not a romanticized view of a West that never was.

  • Jl Sandy, UT
    May 4, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Frank needs to do a bit more research on the effects of horses and cattle on the range.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    May 4, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    What difference does it make where they came from? Wild is wild! I see no difference in wild horse herds roaming and living in areas not origionally native to them than in species of wild life being transferred into non native areas by wild life management agencies!

    Yeah I understand what you mean by "The folklore regarding the "wild" horse is largely a myth concocted by eccentric horse worshippers, aided by cement-bound romantics who once read a children’s book about a horse that could count and play jokes on people." It a lot like those eccentric gun worshippers, aided by cement-bound romantics who once read a childrens book about when everyone toted a six-shooter and settled their differences at the OK Coral!