Then Say State Commission Should Get Real
Legislators Ponder Wild Horse Issue
By Tim Findley
The Courier (Hatch, N.M.)
|Thanks mostly to federal domination of its lands, Nevada is home to most of America's wild horses. Herds totaling as many as 45,000 horses roam around the state, protected by federal law as "living legends" of the Old West.|
"legends" eat a lot of rangeland grass, foul up
some fragile streams and sometimes cause traffic
accidents, but they are also the romantic icons that Wild
Horse Annie and her school-kid letter-writing minions
have saved from destruction since the 1970s.
"If approved," the Reno Gazette-Journal declared in an advance story on the State Legislative Committee on Public Lands meeting, "the law changes could result in some wild horse being ground up into dog food."
Actually, the proposed changes in state policy offered by Eureka County say nothing at all about dog food, or for that matter, the market for French delicacies served by Eastern slaughter-houses.
What it says is that the state Commission on the Preservation of Wild Horses ought to pay more attention to managing the herds for the good of the environment as well as the long-term good of the horses themselves. Despite the Reno paper's alarm, Alpo had no part in the story.
Coincidentally, the very day before the committee meeting, a man walking his dog in the Reno suburb of Hidden Valley found three dead horses, at least
one of them gut shot,
and the other two already mangled, probably by coyotes.
people go away without
federal government, and Barcomb's commission, go along
with this unusual arrangement in Virginia City because,
frankly, they, too, don't have the money to subsidize all
of Nevada's vagrant "living legends" that might
get in the way of a cash crop in souvenirs. In Virginia
City, a loose horse either better have a brand or it
takes its own risks -- apart from state sympathy.
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