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A Dramatic Rescue For Doomed Wild Horses Of The West

November 23, 2008
clipped from www.washingtonpost.com


The unwanted horses seemed destined for death. The wheels had been set in motion to put down about 2,000 healthy mustangs, those in a federally maintained herd of wild horses and burros that no one wanted to adopt.

Josh Hindman, who works for a BLM contractor, distributes hay to the horses at Palomino Valley.


Then yesterday, at a public hearing in Reno, Nev., to discuss the issue, a solution arrived on a white horse, so to speak.

Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens.


Madeleine Pickens is looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses.


The news that Pickens and others intend to adopt the wild horses and burros was celebrated by animal rights groups, several of which were preparing legal challenges to prevent the government from putting the horses to death.

About 33,000 horses still roam wild on federal lands in 10 Western states. About half of those are in Nevada.
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