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Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
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feral horse

General: Feral Horses (Equus caballus) are stately creatures, but they are non-native exotic species that do not belong as wild animals in North America. In the arid land of the western U.S., they compete with native species and cause considerable damage to the habitat in some places. Horses tend to over populate the land, eat more of the native vegetation than the land can tolerate, and thereby damage the native vegetation and the native wildlife that depends on it. In addition, especially in desert regions, feral horses damage waterholes and make the water less suitable for native species such as bighorn sheep.

Land managers such as the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM do what they can to control the size of feral horse populations, but the "save the horse" lobby is strong and fights efforts to maintain healthy landscapes and healthy wildlife populations.

Feral Horse (Equus caballus) Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
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Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Feral Horse scat along a mountain trail
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Feral Horses poop in piles to mark their territory
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Damage to mountain spring caused by feral horses
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Damage to mountain spring caused by feral horses
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Damage to mountain spring caused by feral horses
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Damage to mountain spring caused by feral horses
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
This small exclosure keeps horses out, demonstrating the difference between trampled (outside) and untrampled (inside) areas.
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Feral horses at Cold Creek
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Feral Horse in Mojave National Preserve
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Feral Horse in Mojave National Preserve
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Domestic Horse and Feral Burro
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Domestic Horse and Feral Burro
Feral Horse (Equus caballus)
Feed is expensive, so turn your animals out on public lands!
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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