HOW Assateague Island gets to keep their wild horses

We have shared on our Facebook page, and we will also share here ~

This is the meeting we attended last Saturday that was hosted by our Dickinson Chamber of Commerce – Coffee with the Legislators. If you fast forward to 1:15 you will see the portion where we ask questions about the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to our state legislators, including Attorney General Drew Wrigley. You can watch the video here:

This speaks to the importance of getting the support of our federal delegates. Have you checked “Call to Action #9” off your list yet?


You may recall that it WAS asked in the meeting that Theodore Roosevelt National Park held last week how it is that the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore are able to stay in THAT national park but the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Pare are not.

Blake McCann answered for the park and said essentially that he could not speak to the management at Assateague. We would have to ask them for that answer.

You know what we said Sunday – FACT CHECK everything.

And so, we did just that!

We reached out to the Chief of Resource Management at Assateague Island National Seashore. He is a pretty transparent guy and is always willing to answer questions we have asked.

We asked: How is it that Assateague Island is allowed to have horses since it is a violation of 36 CFR § 2.60 and the NPS Organic Act (54 U.S.C. §§ 100101 et seq.) 

He replied: The Assateague horse herd is managed as wildlife, not as livestock, so 36 CFR § 2.60 does not apply.

There you have it. Since we have no idea how/when Theodore Roosevelt National Park decided to change the wild horses in the park from any other name or classification they ever did for these horses TO livestock. AND since they have yet to produce ANY document (aside from “we said so”) to explain it, we believe it should be as simple as a change in the wording being used to describe one of the greatest resources the state of North Dakota has.

Remember that NO call to action you are taking replaces the #1 Call to Action we ALL have:

Please share your comments no later than January 31, 2023, online through the PEPC website at:

Or in writing to:
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645

Thank you for your support and make it a GREAT day!

Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home!  We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control.  Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans.  We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.

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