There are no "wild horses" First, there are no “wild horses.” There are only escaped and abandoned livestock. These are FERAL HORSES.

Second, feral horses do not “hold a special place in Western hearts.” They hold a special place in Eastern hearts because Easterners don’t have to live with feral horse and because the Easterners who want feral horses on the Western landscape and claim they’re “native wildlife” are ecological illiterates.

This governor and all politicians should indeed be “careful when stepping into controversy” but they should always dare to step into controversy when they are right and the mob is wrong.