Public lands management is a multifaceted monster made of up politics, profit, bureaucracy and frustration. A multitude of interests that all feed on public land are continually jostling for position in competition.(We have written multiple articles that focus on this reality from the broad view, to site specific instances http://WildHorseEducation.org)
When people think "wild horse" most people are thinking of horses roaming free on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). But horses exist on public land in many other jurisdictions managed by states of other federal government agencies.
Wild horses and burros are threatened with removal in all jurisdictions.
In BLM holding facilities we have nearly 50,000 held captive. This number reflects about the same number of those left in the wild in almost all jurisdictions combined.
Threats from mining and livestock are increasing as our western public lands suffer drought and overcrowding of these profit driven interests.