Wild Horses of the Great Basin Research Paper by Sdressel

A paper on the conservation issues dealing with conserving both the wild horses and the environment of the Great Basin.
# 146609 | 2,044 words | 14 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that horses have had an influence on human lives for centuries. They are associated with art, mythology, war, history and, in America, the Wild West. The writer discusses that in 1971, human concern for the treatment of the feral horses of America led to the creation of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 (Bureau of Land Management, 2010). Since that act the wild horses' potential for large population growth coupled with the legal constraints of management has become a difficult situation. The writer discusses the problem that arises in how to balance the conservation of feral horses in the Great Basin with the negative effects the horses have on the environment.

Biological Background
Description of Problem
Proposed Solutions
Critique of Proposed Solutions

From the Paper:

"The modern genus Equus arose in the Pleistocene and colonized North America. During this era, at least 8000 years ago, all North American equids, along with other large herbivores, became extinct. The feral horses that now reside in North America are most likely to have come from escaped animals from ranchers, miners and American Indians. In the early 1700s, the feral horses began to move northward from Mexico into the central Rocky Mountain area. Today most of the wild horse population in the United States can be found in the Great Basin area.
"The Great Basin is the least-inhabited area of the United States. It covers approximately half a million square kilometers. Free-ranging horses have inhabited the Great Basin since 1841. The Great Basin is a semiarid ecosystem that, when disturbed, has a long recovery time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beever, E.A. (2003). Management implications of the ecology of free-roaming horses in semi- arid ecosystems of the western United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin 31, 887-895.
  • Beever, E.A., & Brussard, P.F. (2004). Community- and landscape-level response of reptiles and small mammals to feral-horse grazing in the Great Basin. Journal of Arid Environments 59, 271-297.
  • Beever, E.A., & Herrick, J.E. (2006). Effects of feral horses in Great Basin landscapes on soils and ants: Direct and indirect mechanisms. Journal of Arid Environments 66, 96-112.
  • Beever, E.A., Tausch, R.J., & Brussard, P.F. (2003). Characterizing grazing disturbance in semiarid ecosystems across broad scales, using diverse indices. Ecological Applications 13, 119-136.
  • Berger, J. (1986). Wild horses of the Great Basin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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