Wild horse sanctuary in Nevada a possible alternative for mustang management

Posted on January 9, 2013


The Bureau of Land Management is considering a new way to help manage the 37,000 wild horses and burros in the western U.S.

The proposal?

A “part dude ranch, part Jurassic park” 820 square-mile ecosanctuary in Nevada (about 25 miles south of Wells in Elko County).

AP reports:

The idea is to give visitors an up-close look at free-roaming mustangs in the wild along with a taste of Western rural life, while at the same time keep horses BLM removes from the range from spending the rest of their lives in costly holding facilities, mostly in the Midwest.

Controversy rages over what to do with the wild mustangs and burros roaming the western states, but most folks do agree that the current BLM plan for wild horse management just isn’t working.

This Nevada horse sanctuary idea is included in a 228-page report the BLM will be reviewing today (Tuesday, Jan. 8).

Madeline Pickens, wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, is a strong advocate of the Northeast Nevada Wild Horse Ecosanctuary. Her group, Saving America’s Mustangs, has been instrumental in developing the plan.

Ms. Pickens said the ranch could become a vacation spot, boosting the local Elko County economy and giving visitors a taste of what the Wild West used to be. And the horses will be allowed to roam free without costing taxpayers millions of dollars by spending their lives in expensive BLM holding facilities.

But some ranchers are concerned that the sanctuary could have a negative impact on local livestock grazing.

The BLM said they hope to make a decision by spring 2014.

(Information from AP.)