A modern day range war is raging across America’s mountains and deserts and into the halls of Congress. It is a conflict over grass, as old as the cattle drives and Free Grazers that fed the settling of the West. It is a conflict between history and the changing values which define the country west of the 100th meridian. Caught in the crossfire are the nation’s wild horses and burros who some say have shaped our civilization. These animals are federally protected but ranchers and mustang advocates alike question the government’s ability to manage the herds.
Over the past year, From Western Colorado looked into how the Bureau of Land Management, the agency which oversees most mustangs and burros, counts the herds. The following radio documentary shows that after nearly 40 years, BLM still can’t get the numbers right and some believe this could lead mustangs to extinction. Wild Horses Caught in the Crossfire was originally aired December 29th, 2010 on KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale, Colorado and is available on the audio page of this blog.
Amy Hadden Marsh would like to thank all of those involved in the research and production of this story, especially KDNK news director, Conrad Wilson, for their cooperation and support in bringing this project to completion.
And…thanks for listening.