30,000 Western Wild Mustangs have been saved !

Thousands of wild mustangs kept in U.S. government holding pens have been saved by Madeline Pickens the wife of T-Bone Pickens from Texas. She will adopt most of the 30,000 horses that the federal government has under its care.

With the costs escalating wild-mustangs1for their upkeep, the Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency for the U.S. Congress looks at long-term options for successfully managing wild horses.

Now Madeline has solved the dilemma, the agency’s will not need to sterilize horses or slaughter them or sell the to the glue factory.

God bless your generosity Madeline! -Mother Nature
Horses lived in North America in prehistoric times, but died out at the end of the last ice age around 10-12,000 years ago, possibly due to climate change or the impact of newly arrived human hunters.
A Mustang is a free-roaming feral horse of the North American west that reintroduced to the Americas by the Spanish by the Spanish around 1519. They are descended from Iberian horses brought to Mexico and Florida. Most of these horses were of Andalusian, Arabian and Barb ancestry. Some of these horses escaped or were stolen by Native Americans, and rapidly spread throughout western North America.

Mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.”

Today, the Mustang population is managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management. Controversy surrounds the sharing of land and resources by the free ranging Mustangs with the livestock of the ranching industry, and also with the methods with which the federal government manages the wild population numbers.These 30,000 animals removed from western range lands are currently being cared for by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. This year, with adoptions dwindling and hay prices rising, holding costs are expected to exceed U.S. $27 million, or about 74 percent of the program’s budget.
Today, free-roaming horses are protected under United States law, but have disappeared from several states where there were once established populations. The BLM considers 27,000 individuals a manageable number, but the feral Mustang population currently exceeds 33,000. More than half of all Mustangs in North America are found in Nevada, with other significant populations in Montana, Wyoming and Oregon. Another 30,000 horses are in holding facilities.

U.S. to Kill Wild Horses as Upkeep Costs Rise? – Maryann Mott National Geographic New November 14, ’08
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/11/081114-mustang-killings.html

Image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustang_(horse)

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