Navajo Nation officials are mulling the idea of a hunt to reduce the number of feral horses on the nation.
The Navajo Times reports that the nation’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has asked hunters for feedback on the possibility. An estimated 38,000 feral horses roam the nation, competing for forage and water with wildlife and livestock. Efforts to trap them or round them up for adoption have not proven to be very effective. The Times reports a mule deer eats about five pounds of vegetation daily vs. more than 30 pounds for a horse.