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The California Wild Horse Crisis is costing taxpayers about $50 million annually.
- The Government is offering $1,000 to people willing to adopt a wild horse or burro to target the overpopulation of animals in open plains
- A program aims to reduce the increasing costs of caring for the animals
- Most of the country's estimated 75,000 wild horses live on public lands
The U.S. Government is offering $1,000 to people willing to adopt a wild horse or burro to target an overpopulation of animals on public lands.
The Adoption Incentive Program aims to reduce recurring costs associated with caring for wild horses and burros.
It wants to help the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) confront a growing over-population of wild horses and burros on public range lands, BLM said in a statement.
Conservation Management is urgently required in California.
There are over 45,000 wild horses currently in holding areas, costing taxpayers about $50 million annually.
The U.S. Department of Interior sought to address this expense in 2018 budget by lifting regulations that prevent slaughtering wild horses.