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I let them know I fully support the euthanasia of all of the feral animals in Arizona and offered to help in the process.

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I say kill them ,grind them and hamburgers for all the state or federal inmates in AZ.  Lots of other countries eat horses.  These probably don't taste much different than deer or elk or grass fed beef for that matter. 

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On 3/17/2022 at 6:20 AM, n2horns said:

AZ doesnt have wild horses, all are loose feral livestock.

They are doing emense amounts of damage to the habitat that the real wild animals use.

I’ve told people this a thousand times but no one wants to hear it. Same people would kill rats or mice or any other nuisance and not think twice but “horses are majestic “.  Bunch of hypocrites 

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Also doesn’t help that our spineless worm of a governor Doug Ducey jumped on board protecting them. 

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I was up in the area scouting, looking around Saturday.   Elk have not come back to the area yet.  But tons of horse poop.  

I actually get angry when people refer to them has wild horses.  just idiotic.  We have quite a few horses and love them, But without feed constantly available they end up being destructive.  They just do what it takes to survive....

 

In the late 60's early 70's my dad lost a job.  My parents went to the local butcher and found horse meat was 1/2 the price of beef.  so it was an easy choice...

I'll never forget, best meat I'd ever had.  so if I had a chance to get a tag for a horse I'm in.   They do not belong ruining or forest.

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I came across this and thought it did a decent job of wading through wild horse problems!

Wild Horses

The bullies of the range

        By John Koleszar May 24, 2019 
In Arizona, a small parcel of land in the Heber area was designated a wild horse territory in 1974 as prescribed in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. At the time of designation, there were seven horses present and the area was designated as being roughly 19,000 acres. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the horses in this area died out. By 1995, the Forest Service could not find a single horse living in the wild horse territory.

In 2002, the Rodeo-Chedeski fire destroyed over 500,000 acres of forests in areas surrounding Heber. With fences down, tribal horses streamed onto forest lands. By 2005, there were over 250 horses when the Forest Service announced intentions of rounding up these trespass horses. Lawsuits by horse advocates followed.

The federal court issued its ruling in 2007 and directed the Forest Service to develop a management plan for the horses. Conservationists across Arizona have seen the dramatic changes in the forest areas of Heber and the horse numbers are estimated at between 500 and 1,000 head.

 

If there is a culprit in this, it sits in the total lack of accountability with all of the forest supervisors and staff that have allowed the situation to fester over the past decade. A reasonable number of horses and a plan needed to be developed. The Apache Sitgreaves National Forests has created a climate of hostility and resentment, as well as an entitlement attitude by the horse advocates. The 19,000 acres that were designated as the horse territory has been expanded. The total land that feral horses now inhabit is over 400,000 acres. The “wild” horses are no longer wild, they graze with impunity at campsites. They are often referred to as the “bullies” of the range as they hoard water holes and drinkers to the exclusion of other wildlife.

It is simply unacceptable that feral horses are managed differently than resident wildlife, lawful grazing, and at levels that clearly cannot be considered to exist within a “thriving ecological balance” as prescribed by law.

This summer, public comments should occur (if the Forest Service can find the time) and that a plan will be put together. The wild horse advocates will scream in protest and file lawsuits so that the plan is on hold indefinitely. Sadly, these advocates do not care at all about any other wildlife.

 

 

Last, but not least, illegal activity by frustrated people who do not share the passion that horse advocates do is reprehensible. Frustration at the inept forest management is the cause. The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest employees allowed this mess to fester for over 10 years with no action. The forest in another four years will be decidedly worse off and the number of horses will double by that time. Shame on the horse advocates for not being reasonable. They want the whole forest and the way things are going they will soon have it. I pity all of the other wildlife that is being forced out by the bullies of the range.

 

John Koleszar is president Arizona Big Game Super Raffle, Immediate Past President Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation, Immediate Past President Arizona Deer Association, Board Member Conserve & Protect Arizona.

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You should see how many out of state people who have moved to Overgaard are in support of those horses.  They love driving around in their Razors and bumping donuts.  I have one next door to me and one down the street from California. 

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2 minutes ago, Stray Horse said:

You should see how many out of state people who have moved to Overgaard are in support of those horses.  They love driving around in their Razors and bumping donuts.  I have one next door to me and one down the street from California. 

I was gonna say the California effect is definitely into play here and it is gonna continue to grow!!!

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Here is a recent letter to the editor for our White Mountain Independent paper! The WMI has been very pro wild horse and very little lets take care of the real problem!

Noteworthy in this letter is where the author resides!

Many of the pro wild horse letters just like the pro wolf letters are from California or New Hampshire😳

 

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This subject is infuriating. I always wonder why more don't speak out on this especially in the hunting community. I think because many right here on this forum support it deep down. Same ones that think the 2nd amendment is about hunting. Once they do finally get off there apathetic a@#$  because the horses have run all the game they hunt out, it will be to late. Karens and Fudds are ruining this country! 

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