There are currently only 115 wild horses in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the herd already shows signs of inbreeding. Still, unlike other wild horses, this herd has no federal protection, and the Bureau of Land Management has decided to clear out half of the herd to make room for development. Ruling that the horses are “non-native feral pests” in spite of scientific findings exposing that these horses are indeed indigenous to North America, the BLM insists on removing at least 60 horses from the wild through their ill-disposed adoption program (some 34,000 burros and horses endure sub-par living conditions in BLM adoption facilities for unreasonably lengthy periods of time), and through “contraception programs” with the remaining horses.
The horses will be removed, because they are a nuisance to the development going on in the area, which is ironic, because there are only 150 people who live in the Outer Banks year round—a population that pales in comparison to 1300-plus homes already in the area, as the expansion of Highway 12 continues to bring homes and other development with it.
There is a good article about the situation at animals.change.org