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A Critical Crossroad for BLM's Wild Horse Program

Science  23 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6148, pp. 847-848
DOI: 10.1126/science.1240280

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Although horses evolved in North America, they went extinct 10 to 12 thousand years ago. Spanish conquistadors returned domestic horses to the continent in the mid-1500s, and since then, domestic horses have escaped captivity and also were purposefully released onto western rangelands where they thrive today. Most free-roaming horse populations are managed primarily by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (1).