Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
The 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act (PL 92-195) charged the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with the management and protection of wild horses and burros on public lands. The implementation of the Act was remiss in failing to recognize the limitation of expertise within the Bureau in carrying out its new responsibilities. The lack of specialists in horse and burro management led to an inconclusive protection policy that consequently has generated conflict and controversy. Therefore, policy decisions and actions associated with management and protection programs have been subjected to charges of abuse, neglect, and corruption. This thesis will discuss the various policy changes and the consequences thereof. The research will examine the "crisis management" approach taken in the management and protection of the wild horse, and will also examine the Adopt-A-Horse program. The thesis will address the most recent federal policy changes and also study the protection plan uniquely associated with the state of Nevada.
Bureau; Critique; Horses; Land; Management; Policy; Review; Wild
Political science; Public administration; Range management
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Haworth, Julene, "Wild horses and the Bureau of Land Management: A policy review and critique" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 930.