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Report: American west on the brink of a wild horse crisis

A herd of wild horses galloping.
A herd of wild horses galloping.
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The American west is knowns for wide open plains where buffalo once roamed and where wild horses still run free. It sounds idyllic, but there is such a thing as too many wild horses.

Wild horses are destroying native rangelands and in many cases are more nuisance than western icon. Montana State University 's Robert Garrott co-wrote a paper outlining the dilemma of managing these wild horse populations.