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The horses are descended from farm horses that were abandoned during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Many families couldn’t make a living in the rugged Ozark hills, so they moved away to look for jobs. When the families moved away, many of canada goose jacket outlet them abandoned their livestock, including the horses. Left on canada goose outlet their own for survival, the horses turned “feral” a term for domestic animals that become wild. They canada goose outlet in winnipeg stayed away from people and banded together in herds. Their numbers grew.

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Canada Goose Jackets Why was this colt curious about his surroundings? All young animals want to explore their world that’s how they learn to survive. The curious colt explored his habitat, which included people who came to visit the park. Canada Goose Jackets

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canada goose store The wild horses in Missouri live in eight herds in Ozark National Scenic Riverways, administered by the National Park Service. The agency protects the habitat for native wildlife. The Park Service was concerned that the horses were damaging the habitat for native animals. In 1992, officials announced they were going to round up the horses to get them out of the park. canada goose store

canada goose coats Local residents such canada goose jacket black friday sale as Jim Smith didn’t want to see the horses removed. He organized the Missouri Wild Horse League. Members worked with their congressman to draft legislation that would protect the horses. canada goose coats

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canada goose clearance sale “I was as nervous as a wildcat’s kitten,” he said, but he described how much local people admired the beauty and natural grace of the horses. The legislation passed, and the horses were allowed to stay as long as their numbers didn’t go above 50. canada goose clearance sale

To maintain that canada goose selfridges uk number, several young horses canada goose birmingham uk are put up for adoption each year. And that is what happened to our curious colt. Smith says he was adopted by a family, and he is the “gentlest animal you’ve ever seen.” And still curious.