Mustangs have always stood as a symbol of pride of the historic and pioneering spirit of the west. Times seem to be changing, though. There are only less than 35,000 mustangs in the wild at the moment. Mustangs, the free-roaming horse of the North American west are descendants of horses brought to the Americas by the Spaniards. You can’t really call them wild horses, because they are known descendants from once-domesticated horses. Some prefer calling them feral horses rather than wild horses.
Two centuries ago, there were more than 2 million mustangs roaming the wild west of the American terrain. Now, there are just limited numbers in the state of Nevada are are being rounded up even as we tell you this.
Today, besides the applaudable efforts of wild horse advocates to save these species, the feral mustangs are heading towards becoming extinct. The animal rights activists are in fact running out of time to save these feral horses.
Saving this endangered species through efforts such as ‘The Adopt-A-Horse’ program, which began in 1973 in the Pryor Mountains of Montana, have helped to a certain extent.
When someone comes forward and adopts a mustang, the animal remains the property of the government for a one-year period. After the approval of the certificates that are asked to be submitted before adoption, the animal then becomes the property of the adopter.
The remaining mustang population is managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management. Many methods of population management are used, including adoption by private individuals.
Of course, this is done in the hope that the private individuals take good care of these horses after owning them.
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