A non-profit organization is offering to help control the wild horse population in an Arizona forest, but the state has refused their offer.
Wild Horses of America, a group that specializes in managing wild horse populations, has offered to pay for the roundup and removal of 1,000 wild horses from the Salt River Mountains. However, the Arizona Department of Agriculture and Forestry has said that it does not have the resources to manage the horses once they are removed, and that it is concerned about the impact of a roundup on the horses and the environment.
“We’re very disappointed that the Arizona Department of Agriculture and Forestry has refused our offer to help manage the wild horse population in the Salt River Mountains,” said Sarah Netherlands, executive director of Wild Horses of America. “We believe that our humane approach to managing wild horses is the best way to ensure that the horses and the environment are protected.”
Netherlands said that Wild Horses of America uses a variety of methods to control wild horse populations, including fertility control, population modeling, and habitat management. She said that the group has a proven track record of success, and that it has helped to manage wild horse populations on more than 1 million acres of public land.
The Arizona Department of Agriculture and Forestry has said that it is committed to managing the wild horse population in the Salt River Mountains in a humane and sustainable way. However, the department has not released a specific plan for how it will manage the horse population.
Some environmental groups have expressed support for the Arizona Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s decision to refuse Wild Horses of America’s offer. These groups argue that roundups are inhumane and that they can disrupt the natural balance of the ecosystem.
Other groups, including Wild Horses of America, argue that roundups are necessary to control the wild horse population and to protect the environment. They say that wild horses can overgraze vegetation, which can lead to erosion and damage to the ecosystem.
The debate over how to manage wild horse populations is a complex one. There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue. Ultimately, the decision of how to manage wild horse populations is up to the Arizona Department of Agriculture and Forestry.