Editorial: East Coast’s wild horse herd deserves protection

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by the Editorial Board of the Winston-Salem Journal

Tourists still cherish the sight of the horses.

Corolla Wild HorsesAs coastal wild horses live their untamed lives, they face challenges to their very existence. It’s time for our lawmakers to take action to preserve these natural wonders.

For hundreds of years, Spanish mustangs moved freely along the Outer Banks. In these days of heavy development, they roam around the northern Outer Banks town of Corolla, which only in the last several years has seen that development.

Tourists still cherish the sight of the horses. Several tour companies make money off them. But they are now threatened by overexposure to man and federal policies that leave them severely inbred, The News and Observer of Raleigh reported recently.

Some tourists, perhaps not accustomed to nature, have taken to trying to chase the horses down for photographs or to feed them foods…

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