ISPMB challenged by West River rancher

The Associated Press filed the following report Sept. 25th:

Green QuoteRAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) A West River rancher whose family has received numerous conservation awards says a wild horse sanctuary near Lantry has too many horses for the amount of pasture that’s available.

Jeff Mortenson of Fort Pierre says that’s not good for the horses or the land.

But Karen Sussman who is president of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros says the horses on her ranch are taken better care of than most horses in South Dakota.

Sussman says the wild horses are fed hay year-round.

She has about 300 horses on 638 acres.

Sussman acknowledges that’s not a large enough pasture, but she says she’s looking for a larger place.”

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