Arizona tribes manage own herds of wild horses

Two Arizona tribes say they have no problems managing herds of wild horses that roam their reservations.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Tribe has about 275 to 300 mustangs. Occasionally, the horses are rounded up for testing and vaccination, and some are offered for adoption and auction.

The Gila River Indian Community manages about 2,000 horses. They roam near the tribe's resort and across the 370,000-acre reservation.

Wild horses have been in the news due to a Congressional rider that allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell animals. Since the program started in March, more than 500 horses have been sold to two tribes.

The law doesn't apply to tribal herd, which have never been restricted.

Get the Story:
Law allows slaughter of West's wild horses (The Arizona Republic 4/13)

Relevant Links:
Wild Horse Program - http://www.blm.gov/nhp/spotlight/whb_authority

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