Assateague's wild horses are well known, even to many people who have never been to the island. The "wild" horses on Assateague are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state. Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat, abundant mosquitoes, stormy weather and poor quality food found on this remote, windswept barrier island have formed a unique wild horse society.
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It directs the BLM to manage the herds as populations of healthy animals in balance with other uses of the public lands, while maintaining the health and productive capacity of the range. This dual statutory mandate — to protect wild horse populations while at the same time to protect the rangelands from deterioration — is a considerable challenge. The BLM has determined that the total AML for wild horses and burros on the range west-wide is approximately 26, animals. As herd populations exceed AML, forage and water resources become depleted, threatening the overall health of the public rangelands and degrading ecosystems. With insufficient forage and water resources to support herds, the physical health of animals deteriorates, which leads to starvation, dehydration, and eventually death. This also limits forage and water for native wildlife species and permitted livestock grazing. Additional impacts include loss of soil productivity and stability, which increases erosion and alters plant communities from native to invasive species. The severity of these impacts is directly proportional to the degree of overpopulation within an HMA. The BLM estimates that of approximately 88, animals currently on public rangelands, there are nearly 72, horses and over 16, burros.
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All rights reserved. Parker Flannery, a close friend of mine, proposed that we drop out of school, adopt wild horses, and attempt to traverse the Continental Divide Trail. Being 20 years old and in way over our heads, we adopted the biggest, stoutest, and most dominant horses they had available. The trip completely changed my life. Being from Texas, where there is virtually no public land, I was blown away by the sheer size and majesty of our vast public lands in the American West. I was equally as amazed—and shocked—at the plight of the wild horses and burros. In there were nearly 31, wild horses and burros in government holding facilities and 37, in the wild—in an area that supposedly had enough forage for only 27, horses. Numbers have grown steadily since then.
Carefully, Dr Ovidiu Rosu aims his gun through the tilted window of his truck. There is no obstacle between him and the mare grazing on the sparse vegetation of the German Fields in the Danube Delta. A sea of purple coloured grasses that almost resemble corals in the sea stretches until the horizon in any direction. Getting to this point is quite the journey: After making it passed the clogged highway that circles around Rumania's capitol Bukarest it takes another four hours of driving towards the Eastern borders of the country. The roads are becoming emptier and emptier the further we approach our destination. Finally we reach the port town of Tulcea, from which we have to take a boat to cross the Danube river, as Letea and its surrounding municipalities are not connected to Romania's road network. As the shores of the Danube Delta pass by left and right we further leave behind civilisation with every minute that passes.