The Great Debate: Public Response to Wild Horse and Burro Management

Controversy surrounds the presence of feral horse and burro herds, particularly on public lands.  Supporters argue that these animals are a part of the rich heritage of the American West, whose history predates modern land use practices, and thus the animals have an inherent right of habitation.  However, others remain opposed by their presence, arguing that the animals degrade the rangeland, compete with livestock and wild species for forage, and a waste of taxpayer dollars.  Therefore, tensions between the two groups has lead to an emotionally charged social and political debate exists on how to manage for feral horses and burros on public lands.