living symbols of the historic and Pioneer spirit of the West
Declaring wild horses and burros as “living symbols of the historic and Pioneer spirit of the West”, the 1971 Wild free-roaming Horses and Burros Act made killing and or capturing mustangs illegal. However, Netherlands explains, whether by failure or design, not all wild horses were designated a protected territory or HMA as part of that law. As a result they are classified as “stray or unauthorized livestock” and as a result they have no protection. This is what happened to the Salt River wild horses and what is currently happening to the Alpine wild horses.
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