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Wild Horses In Crisis


A wild stallion gallops across the high desert near Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. The South Steens Herd is among the easiest wild horse to see because they wander close to Highway 205 south of Frenchglen, Ore.

A wild stallion gallops across the high desert near Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. The South Steens Herd is among the easiest wild horse to see because they wander close to Highway 205 south of Frenchglen, Ore.

Vince Patton/OPB

A $76 million bureaucracy captures, feeds and stockpiles more horses than any other in the nation. Congress passed a federal law protecting them in 1971.

Wild horses in captivity now outnumber those in the wild.

Population:

  • 40,605 roam free
  • 49,768 in holding

Starting today EarthFix partner station OPB presents Wild Horses In Crisis. The Oregon Field Guide special premieres Thursday at 8:30 pm.

OPB also has an online presentation, including eight chapters, three web videos and the entire TV documentary.