Wild horse plan stirs objections

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

HINES – A Bureau of Land Management proposal to spay wild horses in the Burns District is under fire from a conservation group that calls the effort “barbaric.”

The BLM recently announced it would move forward, in conjunction with Oregon State University, on a trial effort to test three methods to spay some wild horses held in Hines.

The BLM contends the program is safe and humane and will be a first step toward finding an effective method to manage the growing number of wild horses on the range.

The agency estimates there are about 67,000 wild horses on public lands in 10 western states. According to the agency, that’s more than double the number of wild horses and burros the rangelands can support.

The wild horse and burro population is growing but . . .