Unfortunately, I have to agree with Scamper Farms. I have visited the BLM holding pens in Ridgecrest, California and seeing these beautiful creatures in summer is sad. They haven't got shade, while living in the city that advertises "the best route into Death Valley", and they just stand around,in the scorching desert heat or the bitter, biting desert chill (yes, the temps get very brutal on both ends of the thermometer) until they get adopted or die. If I was one of them, I'd prefer a humane death. There are fewer of the mustangs around, but driving into the desert, I am amazed at how much encroachment of habitat there is- new housing projects in the most unlikey locations. The taxes on private land are so high that the ranchers are forced to sell their land to the developers and depend upon the federal lands to stay in business, so that even though there are fewer mustangs, the existing number impinges on their ranching.
Years ago, in my teens, my sister and I circulated a petition that was sent to us from Wild Horse Annie. Our first horse was caught by the packers; back then, they roped the horses with a rope attached to an old truck tire. Many horses were severely injured, and sometimes necks were snapped. I have a friend who has helped with the helicopter drives & those are not very pleasant either.
But until we find a way to stem the tide of human invasion into our once remote & wild places, we will continue to lose our animal neighbors, including mustangs, cougar, deer, bobcats, foxes, etc. And, unfortunately, mass-scare tactics on the "EVILS & THREATS" of these wild creatures are used to effectively influence the uninformed so that efforts to save them are squelched. When a development goes in a rural area, after the existing residents are forced to give up their livestock, the next step, or sometimes the simultaneous one, is to pressure the authorities to eradicate the perceived "danger" animals (the predators, bats) and the "nusiance" animals (deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks).
Meanwhile, 2004 was the first year in California history that this state has imported more food than it exported, and the food, mainly fruits & veges. from South America, was sent via foreign shipping lines, including those owned & operated by Communist China. California no longer feeds the world, the mustangs are losing their right to run free, the developers get richer, and the commies are in control of some of our foodstuffs.
Sadly, it seems the most that we can hope for is the humane treatment of the mustangs until they are slaughtered in a humane manner. What happened to our Earth??...........