Wild Horses: The unfolding ecological disaster

Film produced for the Wildlife Society by Charles Post, Phillip Baribeau, and Ben Masters.

Introduction by RANGE magazine

The following short documentary, Horse Rich & Dirt Poor, is a picturesque and sobering exploration of the impact of wild horse and burros in Nevada northeastern corridor. The horses, with no natural predators, are “protected” by federal law but go largely unmanaged, having no limits on where or when they graze, and few effective birth control measures. Already grossly overpopulated and reproducing at a rate of 20 percent per year, the horses are destroying the range, its water sources, and crowding out large wildlife and literally trampling the fragile habitats of sage grouse and other small species. The ‘wild horse’ issue, as viewed through the eyes of scientists, is an unfolding ecological disaster, threatening the range, its biodiversity, and the horses themselves, which regularly succumb to hunger and thirst. The animals are not at fault, but rather the special interest groups constantly suing to tie the hands of the Bureau of Land Management, and Congress, lacking the guts to make hard decisions to preserve the range, bear the responsibility for this unfolding ecological disaster.

Posted on YouTube by Fin & Fur Films

Ecologist Charles Post travels across Nevada to explore how overpopulated wild horses effect native wildlife.  A Wildlife Society film by Charles Post, Phillip Baribeau, and Ben Masters.
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