America 's wild horses and burros have a rich history and are living symbols of the pioneer spirit of the West. But did you know that protecting this heritage is also a part of the mission of the U.S. Forest Service?
In fact, the agency manages more than 30 wild horse or burro territories on more than two million acres in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.
“The animals that have survived on the range are a genetic and historic remnant of the Old West,” said Barry Imler, the agency’s National Program Manager for Wild Horses and Burros. “The characteristics that were important in the Old West days are still found in our wild horses and burros --- strength, endurance and reliability.”