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Hours after the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources (NNDNR) announced a special wild/feral horse hunt, it was canceled. The hunt, which was announced on NNDNR’s website yesterday, offered permits for a six-day hunt that would begin March 27 and end April 1, 2018. While wild horses run rampant across the West, often causing damage to habitat used by other wildlife, the decision to hold a hunt angered enough people for it to end before any tags could be sold.
The hunt targeted non-branded mature stallions, mares with no colts present and two-year-old weaner colts. The bag limit was one per hunter; however, if there were leftover tags, hunters would have been able to purchase an additional permit. All hunters required permission to hunt in the Navajo Nation.
While the feral horse hunt may seem like a possible solution, too many oppose taking this type of action. What do you think? Is a feral horse hunt a viable way to manage these animals?