Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wildlife Wednesday: How Bout Them Broncos?
Today is Wednesday, and on Wednesday I talk about wildlife - specifically the preservation of wildlife. Broncos originated as a term that referred to a bucking horse, usually a wild or feral horse that had not been tamed or - in the common parlance - broken. These horses were often used in rodeos for the the bucking competitions. However wild horses are no longer used for that purpose thanks to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971.
Many Americans are not aware of the fact that there are still wild mustangs roaming the west (and a few off the coast of North Carolina), but not many. There are roughly 25,000 mustangs left in the wild.
Here's a video I found on the cool website 5min.com:
Over the years since 1971, however, there have been some interesting interpretations of the protection law, so there are a few organizations out there keeping an eye on these horses' freedom. Check out the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign if you'd like to find out more.