Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Montana

4.7
#50 of 76 in Wildlife in Montana
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range is a refuge for a historically significant herd of free-roaming mustangs, feral horses colloquially called "wild horses", located in the Pryor Mountains of Montana and Wyoming in the United States. The range has an area of 39,650 acres (160.5 km2) and was established in 1968 along the Montana–Wyoming border as the first protected refuge dedicated exclusively for mustangs. It was the second feral horse refuge in the United States. About a quarter of the refuge lies within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. A group of federal agencies, led by the Bureau of Land Management, administers the range.
Because of the unique genetic makeup of the Pryor Mountains Mustang herd, equine geneticist Dr. E. Gus Cothran concluded in 1992 that "the Pryor herd may be the most significant wild-horse herd remaining in the United States." Dr. D. Phillip Sponenberg, equine veterinarian at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, agreed, noting, "[These animals] don't exist anywhere else."
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  • Take a guided tour or by yourself (I went by myself) this is a treat. You may have to wait for a bit and hike a little but the rewards are amazing as you see the wild herd interacting. Spring is my....  more »
  • This was a wonderful day trip! We saw the horses and the views are beautiful! Will do it again for sure!!!  more »

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