RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A scathing independent scientific review of the U.S. government's management of wild horses says continued emphasis on mustang roundups to protect public rangeland in the West is doomed to financial, social and political failure.
In short, the report released Wednesday that was two years in the making concludes it's probably time to let nature cull the herds given the skyrocketing costs of housing the animals.
The 14-member panel was assembled by the National Science Academy's National Research Council at the request of the Bureau of Land Management.
It concluded that over the long run, Bureau of Land Management's removal of nearly 100,000 horses from the Western range over the past decade will probably have the opposite effect of its intention to ease ecological damage and reduce the size overpopulated herds.
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