Are horses native to North America? Posted on July 1, 2022 by Anonymous Are horses native to North America?
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All horses in america are feral horses. Generations of released or lost horses who have been allowed to roam states like Wyoming.
They're not native and are by definition, invasive. Few predators and can eat and destroy the ecosystem.
>and can eat and destroy the ecosystem.
How much damage do they really do to ecosystems? I know a survey with the Banker Horses of the Outer Banks found that they were at worst a net neutral to their ecosystem, at worst occasionally stomping on plants, but not enough to cause any damage of note.
They were and then they went extinct. It was a mixture of hunting and the environment not beint able to sustain them anymore.
Then they were brought over once again by European colonizers and are now an invasive feral species.
If they weren't rounded up and slaughtered / adopted out by BLM then they'd starve to death
>If they weren't rounded up and slaughtered / adopted out by BLM then they'd starve to death
Bureau of land management. It's responsible for the mustangs in the US.
ah you got me there for a bit
Yes. They died off sometime after AD ~400 though.
Yes, and eventually they'll take back the continent from the invasive species that hunted their ancestors.
The original wild horses native to North America were hunted to extinction by the ancestors of Natives after they crossed the Bering Strait land bridge.
Then were reintroduced when Europeans colonized the Americas.
So were wild horses native to North America? Yes, but not the ones related to the ones we have today.
Lots of animals died off around then and it's most likely what allowed those people to be able to thrive and not killed by giant bears. It was most likely climate change that killed a majority of them.
Came here to post this. It's wild how you can still see some remnants of old megafauna. Like misquite trees having those enormous woody spikes meant to stop mammoths and other huge herbivores from browsing, now they just have that adaptation for nothing. They won.
no. horses are indigenous only to the eurasian steppe. wild horse populations exist in north america because they were brought over by europeans during conquest and some escaped or were abandoned. those escaped/abandoned horses reproduced with eachother and now we have wild horses in some parts of the country.
I love horses, they are such cool creatures.
>Are horses native to North America?
No i think. Do they destroying the ecosystem there?
>Do they destroying the ecosystem there?
Yes actually. Their hooves have a huge impact on tearing up soils. And they aren't really adapted to graze on NA grasses. They might be the fourth worst thing Europeans did to the continent after wasting the eastern forests, killing the buffalo, and driving the passenger pigeon into extinction.
And they are both hypocritically protected and costing a ton of money paying for horse birth control, thanks to certain squeamish people angry at the thought of invasive species management for cute animals. It's taken ornithologists a long time to begin to get invasive mute swans away from their protected status in the states, but horse people won't get with the fucking program.
>Their hooves have a huge impact on tearing up soils.
Not him, but how come their hooves have such an impact when large-bodied hooved animals have existed in NA for millennia?, the North American plains shouldn’t be threatened by an animal that is native to very similar environments and that did exist in the continent up to very recently in its history. It’s been only 1.6k years since horses disappeared from NA, barely a blink, in ecological terms.
i think so
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so you can put it in your window and stuff like that
Flamenco. is that you?
They were until the natives killed them all
Can you repeat the question?
Are horses native to North America?
yes and no
I don't know
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