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Wild horses in crisis on range

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U.S. Highway 97 winds south from Toppenish through a vast, lonely landscape, mile upon mile of sagebrush rangeland within the Yakama Indian Reservation.

But little grass remains on parts of this open range, grazed to the ground by thousands of hungry wild horses roaming the land.

About 15,000 horses are trying to survive on the reservation’s 410,000 acres of shrubb-steppe rangeland, 10 times more than experts believe the land can sustain.

This overpopulation puts the horses at risk of starvation,…

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