Monday, July 9, 2012

On Wyoming's Range, Water Is Scarce but Welfare Is Plenty

The Atlantic

Jul 9 2012, 10:48 AM ET 7
Western ranchers frequently enjoy vast discounts on public grazing fees. So why are they so angry about sharing space with America's beloved wild horses?
wildhorses_bnr.jpgReuters As Wyoming swelters under the summer heat, as the ash and dust from its forest fires spread out across the Western states, as a sustained drought deepens the fissures in its barren expanses of scrub and rock, the battle over the fate of thousands of its wild horses has just exploded anew in court. Here is a nasty bit of litigation worth watching for many different reasons, not the least of which is that may help more people better understand the magnitude of the economic and political forces which are currently arrayed against the federally-protected American mustang.   Read more....

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