Wild horse dilemma: Charismatic species poses “policy cycle” problem? This New York Times article is an update on a problem that has been around for more than a generation: what to do with an increasing wild horse population that conservationists claim is harm the environment for other species. Likewise, cattle ranchers say they are reducing grazing for their cattle. On the other side, the horses have strong support from several groups organized to protect this charismatic species. The problem illustrates the policy cycle: Congress passed a law to protect wild horses and burros in 1971 that resulted in a huge increase in their population. Advocates for horses do not accept lethal solutions and the charisma of this species has made BLM (and Congress) step back from using euthanasia. Consequently, the Bureau of Land Management is now responsible for managing the growing number of wild horses. Thus the solution to the disappearance of wild horses created a new policy problem: the overabundance of wild horses! Link to the article:
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