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Answered 2011-10-27 15:48:51

Mustangs/Wild Horses are no longer domestic feral stock. After five hundred years of adaptation and nearly one hundred and fifty generations of evolving in the wild,they are no longer feral! They have become a vital component of their own individual ecosystems.

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No, in a contrasting view of the former answer, it is important to remember that there may have been 2 million wild horses in America 200 years ago, but 600 hundred years ago there were none, horses are a foreign species to America and can be damaging to the local ecosystems if not managed. The Bureau of Land Management calculated that 27,000 is the limit to a manageable population, but today there are 33,000, and they have very few predators, so some are sold as meat in order to control the populations, and the profits go to keeping the organization running, meaning that it costs the tax payers very little money.

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-Yes ,they are .Ranchers or farmers kill them if they get too close to his/her herd of horses.

- Yes indeed they are endangered, but they are not categorized as such! 200 years ago there 2 million wild horses in the United States but alot of them were poached and killed by farmers and hunters. In the 1970's there were over 170,000 wild horses roaming free throughout the United States.Since the inception of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro act of 1971(Please Research Information about Wild Horse Annie)- Over 150,000 wild horses were rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and sent to holding pens in Nevada.To this day the BLM still rounds up horses in the name of land preservation.Since the 1970's many have went to slaughter.More will follow if round ups are not stopped.The Bureau Of Land Management works hand in hand with cattle ranchers and big hunters to clear the land from wild horses because they are considered an invasive species. After the horse are cleared from a range,cattle and sheep replace them.The BLM and politicians lie to the American Public and tell them that wild horses have to be managed in order to stop overgrazing.They claim that the wild horses are starving to death due to their overpopluation and overgrazing.When in fact there is no overpopulation of wild horses. Wild horses essentially help the environment a great deal. The United States Government sells horse meat to overseas countries such as Asia,Japan,China,and Europe for human consumption and they make a big profit on our wild horses.

There are now over 45,000 wild horses in captivity awaiting adoption or slated for slaughter.The Bureau of land Management claims that the AML or Annual Management Levels are at 28,000 nationwide.It is far less..To date, the nationwide wild horse count is at an all time low of less than 20,000.The majority of wild horses are in Nevada where their numbers have dwindled to less than 14,000 statewide.The remainder of wild horses are located in Arizona,California,North Carolina's Shackleford Banks,Maryland's Assateaque Island and Wyoming.

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Yes, wild horses are much more endangered than they were a few years ago. we have to pretect these amazing creatures before the disappear from the face of the earth

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