Stallions enter a trap during a wild mustang roundup. Airborne wranglers working in helicopters with the Bureau of Land Management corral a thirsty herd of mustangs in Eureka, Nevada. Wild horses compete with wildlife and livestock for water and forage.
An estimated 85,000 wild horses roam western lands, many are descendants of Spanish horses brought to the New World in the 1500's. In the 1800's the Spanish stock began to mix with European horses favored by the settlers, trappers and miners that had escaped or were turned out by their owners. Adoption programs and horse sanctuaries are attempts to provide homes for the once wild horses.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- National Geographic Public Lands MM6659 magazine, B50041 book