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Army says nay to 700 feral horses roaming Louisiana base

2 years 4 months 2 days ago Wednesday, August 12 2015 Aug 12, 2015 August 12, 2015 12:20 PM August 12, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey

FORT POLK - About 700 feral horses roam Fort Polk, the Kisatchie National Forest and neighboring lands, and they're getting in the way of training at the Army base. The Army is holding a public meeting Thursday in Leesville to explain the problem and ask about ways to eliminate the horses.

Base spokeswoman Kim Reischling says the horses like to gather in open, grassy areas, but that's where training goes on. That poses a danger that horses could get hit by vehicles or aircraft or might bite or kick soldiers.

And she says the animals also create a manure problem.

Officials are trying to figure out how to eliminate what officials call "trespass horses."  Federal courts ruled in 2003 that they don't fall under the 1971 law protecting wild horses and burros.

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