Wild horse groups challenge Wyoming roundup

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  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    Move the feral horses to North Carolina.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    To me the elephant in the room is the age-old question: are these "wild" horses feral animals? You know, descendants of domestic animals who have escaped captivity and are therefore encroaching upon the grazing lands of native wild animals.

    If they are feral they don't belong on the range where the native "deer and antelope play" and graze. If they are native to the environment, i.e., demonstrably having existed prior to 1492, when old Columbus sailed the ocean blue, then they should be managed to keep numbers in check to balance the lack of natural predators, and stay on the range - their natural habitat.

    To let them breed and herd size grow unchecked to the point where they or other species starve is not humane management. Likewise to round up hundreds of unadoptable animals and keep them in pens for who knows how long, at taxpayer expense with no solution is foolish and cruel to the animals.

    There is a market for their meat and hides. If they can be humanely slaughtered, as cattle, sheep, hogs, and who knows what else that may be the solution, like it or not.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:31 p.m.

    There are no Real Wild Horses anymore -- Groups would like to believe that but is is not true.