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    Posted July 4, 2012 by
    Reno, Nevada
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    American Wild Horses


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     konacraig's first image of wild horses was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for July 31, 2012!
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    Several weeks ago I found myself driving between Reno, Nevada and Virginia City when I saw horses crossing the road. It turned out these were wild horses. The wild horses are not fenced and they are able to roam freely wherever they want.

    Nevada is home to most of the nation's wild horses and burros. In fiscal year 1988 the estimate was 26,160 horses and 1,318 burros. Many herds have grown significantly since then.

    Most of these horses are located on public lands administered by the BLM's Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Las Vegas and Carson City Districts. Las Vegas District has the highest population of burros in Nevada. There are also over 1000 head of non-BLM wild horses, primarily in the Virginia Range, that are administered by the Nevada Department of Agriculture. The Virginia Range encompasses Storey County and parts of Washoe and Lyon Counties.

    You never know what you will see in Nevada.
    In Nevada, wild horses and burros are found in about 100 BLM Herd Management Areas and the state managed Virginia Range. These areas are managed to balance a multiplicity of uses of the range, the horses being one component of these ecosystems.
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