Murderers Creek Wild Horse, E. Oregon. Photo: AWHPC.

Critics object to roundups of Murderers Creek herd

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Murderers Creek Wild Horse, E. Oregon. Photo: AWHPC.
Murderers Creek Wild Horse, E. Oregon. Photo: AWHPC.

JOHN DAY — Critics have launched a campaign against the federal government’s plan to reduce a herd of wild horses in the mountains of Eastern Oregon.

The 250 mustangs in the Murderers Creek herd near John Day in Grant County could be reduced in roundups over the next decade to 50 to 140.

Critics have sent more than 6,000 emails and letters to object, The Oregonian reports.

“This is just one example of the government reducing a wild horse herd to a dangerously low number of animals, which jeopardizes the long-term genetic health of the herd,” said Suzanne Roy of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

Roy, who lives in Hillsborough, N.C., describes the mustangs as “timber horses.”

“The blood of those wild horses represents the history of the West,” she said.

Rob Sharp, a Bureau of Land Management spokesman in Oregon, said the herd doubles in number every four to five years and isn’t genetically distinctive. Read all >>

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Wild Horse advocates protest roundup of Murderers Creek Herd in eastern Oregon; American Wild Horses Preservation Campaign via The Oregonian; November 25, 2012