Horses running wild


$118.2 million
BLM wild horse and burro program budget request, 2011

$2.5 million
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf management budget request, 2011 (Northern Rockies)

Number of wild horses and burros Western public lands can sustain (BLM estimate)

Number of wild horses and burros now held in corrals and pastures (after being removed from public lands), up from 9,807 in 2001

Number of wild horses and burros still roaming public lands, up from 25,345 in 1971

8.6 million
Livestock grazing AUMs (animal-unit months) on BLM land, 2008

Wild horse and burro AUMs on BLM land, 2008

Average number of wild horses and burros adopted annually in the 1990s

Number adopted in 2009

Total cost to round up, transport, inoculate, hold, feed, brand, and adopt out one wild horse (estimate)

Average price paid for one wild horse in adoption auction (estimate)

Sources: Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

the west
Apr 14, 2010 01:52 PM
don't forget the 112 million for welfare ranching of cattle on public land
More horses now than 40 years ago
Apr 15, 2010 11:54 AM
Thanks for the FACTS HCN. Some of these don't jive with wild horse advocate lies.

Number of wild horses and burros still roaming public lands, up from 25,345 in 1971"

NO this must be wrong! WH advocates' first and foremost talking point is that wild horses are being "managed to extinction."
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C.L. Quigley
C.L. Quigley
Apr 17, 2010 01:07 PM
Ironically, this little report is on the exact same page as the brief story, "Eligible mustangs" in the hard copy version of HCN. Yet commenters of "Eligible mustangs" seem to have missed this column, as bleeding heart lies pour from their keyboard. It might help if people actually read the facts before ranting falsities. Thank you, HCN.
Horses Running Wild
Mar Wargo
Mar Wargo
Jun 20, 2010 12:22 PM
I think we all saw the typical numbers. BLM is about to make a 'clandestine' census on our wild horses... There certainly are not over 30,000 still roaming free. The numbers are way down. I have been in the field myself. Have you? The play on numbers will continue. Money would be saved if horses were not stockpiled. But Their lands are in demand and BLM is so accommodating; remove the horses for trumped up reasons and then give it to single use rather than multiple use; cattle or extraction. Things will change on the range with time. Wild horse haters are loud but as wrong as BLM has been. mar