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Letter: Wild horses are part of North Dakota's heritage

Roosevelt was not a ND native and part of its original heritage. The heritage of the Badlands was in motion long before Roosevelt "found" it, yet we are willing to accept millions to build a monument to him.

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The wild horses and other wild animals that cohabitate in the Badlands of North Dakota are its heritage. The vegetation that grows there is also part of that heritage. This heritage needs to be allowed to continue.

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Administrators at Theodore Roosevelt National Park propose gradually removing the 186 wild horses from the park's south unit. Horse supporters maintain they are a major draw to the park.

Our state welcomes with open arms big oil contributions for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Roosevelt was not a North Dakota native and part of its original heritage. The heritage of the Badlands was in motion long before Roosevelt "found" it, yet we are willing to accept millions to build a monument to him.

Our state has a Legacy Fund that belongs to the citizens; use it to preserve the heritage of the Badlands. Our state's population is less than one million. Surely we can find some room for wild horses.

Ellen Dunn lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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