Photo of the Day – Wild Mustangs


National Geographic

December 31, 2007

Mustangs playing

Wild Mustangs, South Dakota, 2004

Photograph by Maggie Steber

In the wind-tossed plains of Lantry, South Dakota, two wild mustangs playfully kick and cavort. Descended from Spanish horses brought in by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, mustangs represent a tenuous link to America’s frontier past. Researchers estimate the U.S. was once home to more than two million mustangs; today there are fewer than 50,000.(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Indian Scenes From a Renaissance,” September 2004, National Geographic magazine)


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~ by Stampfli & Turci on December 31, 2007.

3 Responses to “Photo of the Day – Wild Mustangs”

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  2. To add a little more accuracy to your article, the BLM has removed over 70,000 wild horses and burros since October 2001. Our “protected” heritage species currently numbers under 25,000 wild horses and 2,700 wild burros.

    In 1974, after Congress declared that wild horses and burros would be protected, the first aerial census counted 48,000 wild horses and 14,000 wild burros under BLMs care.

    They’ve done a good job preserving them, huh?

  3. Beautiful photo…God, I wish I could of been in your shoes to see this in person!!

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