Corolla wild horse bill introduced in U.S. Senate
The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Currituck County, and the State of North Carolina to provide for the management of these horses to ensure that they continue to thrive in their natural habitat, according to a news release.
The bill is the companion legislation to H.R. 306, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., which passed the House of Representatives on Feb. 6.
It would allow the allowable herd size to grow from 60 to between 110 and 130. The Senate has since taken no action on the House version.
H.R. 306 specifies the Wild Horse Fund will pay for all costs of the plan.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages Currituck National Wildlife Refuge and is part of the horses habitat, has expressed concern over expanding the herd and its impact on the refuge.
A study on the impact on the refuge by the horses and other large animals is expected to conclude next month.
The horses are descendants of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs, which is designated as the official state horse of North Carolina.
“The Corolla wild horses are one of the many natural treasures of our state, and people travel from across North Carolina and the country to witness these wild horses in their natural habitat,” Burr said in a statement.
“I am proud to cosponsor this bill that will provide for the care and management of these wild-roaming horses and give local organizations and authorities the tools they need to manage these horses without excessive federal involvement,” Burr said.
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