Wednesday, July 2, 2008
So What's Really Going On?
Above is a graphic that provides an idea in relative terms of some of the wonderful wild life supported on public lands across the US
The pictures are semi relative in size to the number of animals that can be found
Estimated Deer Population US 25 million
Estimated Coyote Population US 1 million
Estimated Black Bear Population 465,000 bears
Current Estimates Of Wild Mustang Population of 33,000 wild horses on Bureau of Land Management which administers 264 million acres of public lands
1 Wild Mustang to 8,000 Acres
To put this number in Perspective in the New Forest In England
1 Wild New Forest Pony to 2 Acres
Estimated Polar Bear Population 20,000 to 25,000 Red List of Threatened Species
My figures may not be perfect and should only be taken as very rough estimates but it does highlight why I am so confused as to why 7,000 Wild Mustangs need to be euthanized
In 1971 Congress passed the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, designed to preserve a living symbol of America's frontier past ( The Pryor Mustangs have existed in the United States for 200 years and at one time there were over 1 million wild mustangs ).
Just five years ago there were over 50,000 wild mustangs so rather than the population increasing to me it appears the opposite .
What I am confused about mostly is why 200,000 wild horses and burros have been removed from public lands since 1971 yet there has been an increase to 6 million head of private livestock on the same lands.
As all things there must be a compromise of land use and I can understand keeping the herds to a manageable number but by my reckoning there is ONE wild Mustang for every 230 Domestic Livestock and to 8,000 acres on public land and any less would appear to be an insult to the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act that was created to protect the heritage of Wild Horses In this country.