Protectionism of non-native feral horses on public lands has impacted its ability to support native game species like deer, elk, and antelope. They also impact a multitude of other species that are considered threatened like the Sage grouse. They are a blight on our federal lands - the Wild Horse and Burro Act is idiotic.
Not sure we need more grizzlies to get rid of more feral horses. Just need to end the idiotic protectionism and start eliminating them. Salvage the meat and sell it or make dog food.
If it was legal, I would donate my time and bullets to help ensure that every last one of them was permanently removed from our public lands. If you value western wildlife, you would do the same.
They are feral. Not native. Some are descendants of the horses brought originally by the Spanish, some descended from farm and ranch horses that were turned loose, and some are far more recent additions from suburban idiots that get a horse and turn it out so it can “be free”.
They may be running wild, but they do not belong. There are tens of thousands of the damn things on public lands across the west. In terms of carrying capacity on the land, one horse is equivalent to probably two elk or four deer and antelope.
Hell of a lot more value in the native species than those damn feral horses!
The comments show how out of touch people are: "These trail cameras are part of a large network of cameras collecting video data on the plight and mortality of Alberta's Wild Horses, from both natural causes and large predators. " Ah, isn't dying from large predators "natural"?
I just posted it because I thought it was impressive to see the griz staying right in them - it isn’t his first “rodeo” going after a colt. I suppose that little guy was dinner not long after that film.
And people who “love“ these animals in the abstract would rather see them starve out than have their numbers controlled.
After WWII, my dad crewed on a ship that took hundreds of mustangs over to France, to replace the horses killed in the War. Most of them not killed in battle were just eaten. Surely there is someplace left in the world with a Horse Shortage…. I know our Elite forces have been using them in warfare to this day. Maybe it’s time Uncle Sam started back into the Cavalry business?