AZDA rightfully enforces rules of unnecessary feeding!
Thank you Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) for this clarifying statement and for the great working relationship for the humane management of the Salt River wild horses.
Together with the public, we are preserving a priceless, historic and recreational resource to behold as part of our national heritage.
From AZDA’s Facebook Post:
Arizona Department of Agriculture urges visitors to the Tonto National Forest to refrain from feeding and/or watering the wild horses.
The Arizona Department of Agriculture would like to remind visitors to the Tonto National Forest that feeding and/or watering the Salt River Wild Horses without prior authorization from the AZDA or county sheriff is in direct violation of AZ 3-1491 “Salt river horse herd; necessary interaction; written authorization; violation; classification; definition” and can result in a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Unnecessary feeding and/or watering of the horses can have a negative impact on the herd as a whole. With approval from the AZDA, strategic feedings and watering are done by the contracted management party to help relocate wild horse bands to the Salt River and become self-sustainable.
For any concerns or questions about the Salt River Wild Horses, Please contact;
Salt River Wild Horse Liaison