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Wild Horses in Boundary Wilderness?!

Postby mstender » Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:30 pm

Me and my partner were doing Boundary Peak (NV) earlier this summer and we came across a group of what we believed wild horses in the Boundary Peak Wilderness. It was at the upper end of the meadow you hike through at the beginnig of the Trail Canyon Route. It was group of 6 or 7 horses with one stallion, a foal and another pregnant horse. Unfortunately, my pictures came out blurry so I can't post them here but I was wondering if anybody knew anything about wild horses in that area.
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Postby cp0915 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:45 pm

I've been to that area three times, and saw wild horses on two of those occasions. Beautiful horses.
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Postby Hyadventure » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:53 pm

I saw them a few years back too. The locals told me that wild horses are common to that area of Nevada.
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Postby mstender » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:43 pm

Beautiful animals indeed! I am still mad my pictures did not come out nice. Maybe it is time to switch to a digital camera after all. :lol: It is still very cool to have seen them.
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Postby norco17 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:10 pm

Was talking to a BLM worker near lone pine this weekend and he mentioned seeing over fifty at a time east of mono somewhere.
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Postby MoapaPk » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:10 pm

While the horses are beautiful, it's good to remember they are not a native species, and they compete with elk, antelope, deer and even bighorns. Since they are not hunted, but are often the subject of relief efforts, they have something of an unfair advantage over native species. (No, I don't hunt.)

I've seen a lot of beautiful horses out here, but most seem a bit close to starving. There is little question that the native elk herds in the Spring Mountains have suffered.
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Postby KathyW » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:24 am

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and on another trip:

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They are really beautiful and not too scared.
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Postby mstender » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:07 pm

Geez, I did not know that it was such an issue. :oops:
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Postby ScottyS » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:46 pm

mstender wrote:Geez, I did not know that it was such an issue. :oops:


To those of us who live and work on the land, the horses do little more than destroy a lot of the high elevation environments at great cost to the taxpayer, and at the expense of native game.

To the detached populace, including the voices most hearkened to by the BLM, they have more "rights" than humans.

The horses are most certainly not held to the same standard as other invasive species.

"bbbbbbbut they are sooooo beautiful!!!! *gush*"


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Postby The Chief » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:52 pm

See em all the time around my neck of the woods... Glass Mountain has it's share.
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Postby MoapaPk » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:32 pm

truchas wrote:Don't know if this is true or not because it lacks a citation, but this is what Wikipedia says:

"However, Ancient DNA studies have shown that the wild ancestors (Equus ferus ferus) of all modern domestic horses originated on the North American continent."

If you feel inclined, this website is dedicated to the preservation of these animals.

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Horses did originate on the North American continent, but were essentially extinct by ~10000 years before present. In fact, there were also elephants on the NA continent till perhaps 5000 years ago.
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