The Issue, Part 1

I mentioned that the issues of managing wild horses isn’t black and white. That is especially the case of the Pryor Mountains. The horses have been made an international household name thanks to Ginger Kathrens and TCF. While that isn’t a bad thing, it means that people have lots of conflicting opinions when it comes to the management of the horses.

For those of you unfamiliar of the way wild horses are managed, allow me to summarize. I would also like to give my opinion on the current management practices used in the Pryors. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in charge of managing wild horses on public land. They were given this task after the “Wild Horse and Burro Act” was signed into law.  This is another reason why the Pryor range is so special. Due to popular local support the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range was the first designated range, before the act was signed into law.

As you may be able to tell, a lot of people love these horses. As for how the BLM manages the wild horses, well, it’s a complicated issue. The BLM uses the term ‘gather’ for one way they manage horses. What it really is a good old-fashioned round-up to bring all the horses to corrals, removing some, and returning a selected few.


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