There is perhaps no image more symbolic of the American West than a band of mustangs running wild across its open planes. Yet despite the iconic visual, wild horses are a controversial topic in Idaho and its surrounding states, where, according to a 2017 BLM population inventory, 73,000 horses and burros now roam free on public lands, competing with cattle for forage. In the first episode of its 35th season, the Idaho Public Television program Outdoor Idaho will examine the issue of wild horse overpopulation from both sides, describing the Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and speculating on what the future will hold if the Trump administration cuts funding for BLM programs assisting wild equines. Featuring stunning footage of horses on the range, as well as interviews with cattle ranchers, wild horse advocates and BLM representatives, "Wild Horses" is an episode no Idahoan should miss.
Watch on KAID at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19; 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22; or online at facebook.com/outdoor.idaho Monday, Oct. 23.