The wife of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens says she'll create a refuge for wild horses, after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it was considering euthanizing some of the animals.
About 33,000 wild horses roam the open range in 10 Western states. In order to protect the herd, the range and other foraging animals, the BLM wants to have about 27,000 horses in the wild. So those too old or considered unadoptable are sent to long-term holding facilities.
Madeleine Pickens said Tuesday she has proposed purchasing around 1 million acres to serve as a refuge for the horses being kept in pens.
BLM spokesman Tom Gorey says the agency welcomes the offer. He says the costs of keeping animals in the holdings pens has caused them to consider euthanasia.