NPS about-faces, lets horses stay at North Dakota park

By Rob Hotakainen | 04/29/2024 01:42 PM EDT

Advocates cheered a decision that keeps 200 wild horses at the 70,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Wild horses stand along a hiking trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Oct. 21, 2023, near Medora, North Dakota. Jack Dura/AP

Bowing to public pressure, the National Park Service has decided to scrap a controversial plan to remove wild horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

In a short statement Thursday, park officials said they were “terminating” work on an environmental assessment and planning that began in the winter of 2021.

“The decision was made after careful consideration of the information and public comment received during the EA process,” the park said.


Opponents of the proposal cheered the decision.