ESA protection sought for wild horses in West

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Updated: 6/28 11:25 am
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, mustang advocates say the wild horse is on the verge of extinction in North America.
 
   They say the icon of the American West deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act alongside grizzly bears, the desert tortoise and humpback whales.
 
   The Cloud Foundation and Friends of Animals filed petitions earlier this month with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the wild horse as threatened or endangered.
 
   They cite growing threats from development, livestock grazing and government gathers that they say jeopardize the genetic viability of individual herds in 10 states from California to Montana.
 
   The petition says the mustang herds are isolated and their habitat has shrunk 40 percent since President Nixon signed the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act into law in
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morgansinkc - 6/29/2014 10:31 PM
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I sure hope these beautiful wild horses can be put onto the Endangered Species list. They need to be protected from the jaws of the Welfare Ranchers, who are constantly putting pressure on the BLM to zero them out. They are already extinct in six states where they used to roam. We used to have over two million in the U.S.

oldguyincc - 6/29/2014 11:37 AM
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I would support ESA protection for the wild horses simply because it would help to "rein in" the BLM and encroaching businesses and developers.

RomeoTango - 6/29/2014 6:18 AM
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Tru that. The feral horses and burros should be hunted by bounty. They are like feral dogs only the prey on habitat that is crucial to antelope, big horn sheep. Enough of the stupid protection laws for what is essentially an invasive species. If people want to protect them let them use private money to round them up and corral them.

Tommy - 6/28/2014 2:00 PM
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The so called wild horses or so called mustangs are neither, they are feral animals. As such they are just horses. Nothing special , just horses who got loose or were turned out on to the range by their owners at some point after the Spaniards arrived in the Americas likely since the 1600's. True wild horses went extinct in the Americas somewhere around 10,00 to 11,000 years when when indigenous Americans hunted and ate them along with wooly mammoths, Mastodons, Camels, giant sloths and a number of other mammals in the Americas.
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