Forest Service Plans Demise of Salt River Wild Horses

In a move that has infuriated wild horse advocates, the US Forest Service (USFS) has announced plans to remove all wild horses from the Salt River area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.  The Forest Service issued a deadline of Friday the 7th for owners of the wild horses to claim their horses before a roundup commenced.  Advocates argue that since they are wild horses, no one owns them and therefor the deadline was simply a publicity stunt for the USFS.  Most believe the herd dates back over 400 years to escaped Spanish Conquistador horses.

The Forest Service contends that the wild horses are simply escaped livestock and are posing a safety risk to tourists.  Simone Netherlands, president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, disagrees.  “This is probably the most popular wild horse herd in the country.  People come from miles, nationally and internationally, to see this herd because they have learned to be peaceful and tolerant of people.”

Lawyers for the Salt River Wild Horse Management group have filed for a temporary restraining order in federal court.

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