Tell the NPS to Protect Wild Horses in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

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Wild horses have lived on the land that became Mesa Verde National Park for more than a century and are part of the park's natural landscape and history. Each year, thousands of park visitors enjoy watching the wild horses, as evidenced by the videos and photographs of these beautiful horses that are regularly shared online.

In October 2013, the park's wildlife biologist stated that, instead of developing a management plan for the horses, the park would "use fencing to keep horses away from water sources." The Denver Post reported that this would "serve as a sort of management tool: Lack of water will force the horses to go elsewhere, and when horses are under stress from too little food or water, they are less fertile."

This summer, at least six horses in the park died from dehydration, which is a horrific and excrutiating way to die. 

AWHPC is currently working hard with our coalition partners to remedy this urgent and inhumane situation. We have let the National Park Service know that creating conditions that cause horses to die due to dehydration and/or starvation is not an acceptable way to manage these wild horses. Along with the National Mustang Association/Colorado Chapter, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Return to Freedom, we have offered to work with the park and the local community to develop a humane management plan that would allow the Mesa Verde horses to remain a part of the landscape within the park. 

Here is your opportunity to join us to encourage the National Park Service to do the right thing for these beautiful horses.

Comments may also be mailed to the addresses listed below. 

Mesa Verde National Park
Attn: Cliff Spencer
PO Box 8
Mesa Verde, CO 81330-0008

National Park Service
Intermountain Region
Attn: Sue Masica, Regional Director
12795 Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO 80225

National Park Service
Attn: Jonathan B. Jarvis,  Director
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

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