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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)

26,600
Number of wild horses and burros Western public lands can sustain (BLM estimate)

32,000
Number of wild horses and burros now held in corrals and pastures (after being removed from public lands), up from 9,807 in 2001

37,000
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

397,200
Wild horse and burro AUMs on BLM land, 2008

7,500
Average number of wild horses and burros adopted annually in the 1990s

3,500
Number adopted in 2009

$3,000
Total cost to round up, transport, inoculate, hold, feed, brand, and adopt out one wild horse (estimate)

$125
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