US Government Offering $1,000 To People Willing To Adopt A Wild Horse Or Burrow
To target the overpopulation of animals on private land the US government is now offering $1,000 to anyone who is willing to adopt either a wild horse or burro.
The adoption programme that people will have to follow aims to reduce the recurring costs associated with caring for a wild horse or burro.
The objective is to help the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) confront a growing number of wild animals, like wild horses and burros on public rangelands.
The two species, wild horses and burros, are both federally protected and have been since 1971, when the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was signed into law.
The law protects them from capture, branding, harassment and death.
The $1,000 incentive is offered to those who adopt a wild horse or burro that is eligible for a new home after March 12. They will receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption, in addition to another $500 within 60 days of 'titling the animal.
It is estimated that around 75,000 wild horses and burros live on generally large expanses of public land that the government controls in the American West.
The public is encouraged to visit the wild horses as long as it’s done from a respectful distance.
There are over 45,000 wild horses currently in holding areas, costing taxpayers about $50 million annually.
The U.S. Department of Interior sought to address this expense in 2018 budget by lifting regulations that prevent slaughtering wild horses.
A BLM spokesperson said: ''By our count, we are overpopulated by sometimes 300 percent on most of our herd management areas.
'The Bureau of Land Management is a public agency. We have to answer to all groups. ... So we have to try and find that balance to make sure that we can do what's best for the horses.'