Wild Horses

BLM Nevada

Wild horses are an iconic symbol of America's West but ecologists say they are damaging our ecosystems and reproducing at an alarming rate. According to Dr. Terry Messmer, a professor of wildland resources at Utah State University, the United States has a horse problem. 

Bureau of Land Management / U.S. Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Land Management is tasked to maintain the delicate balance between protecting wild horses and burros while conserving rangelands. Unfortunately, the current population of 81,950 wild horses and burros is more than three times the size public lands can support. 

WIld horses suffering from lack of water.
wyomingpublicmedia.org

Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and forcing extreme measures to protect them.

Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups in the deserts of western Utah and central Nevada. And volunteers in Arizona and Colorado are hauling thousands of gallons of water and truckloads of food for wild horses on remote grazing grounds.