From The Dallas Morning News:
Madeleine Pickens, wife of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, has plans to create a massive pet friendly refuge for about 30,000 wild horses and burros to avoid having the federal government kill or sell the animals for financial reasons.
Mrs. Pickens said Tuesday she wants to buy 1 million acres for the project. Her announcement came after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it was considering whether to euthanize some of the animals.
We have mismanaged the horse situation and I will fix that,Ӕ she said. Everyone is on board with it. They want this project to happen.Ӕ
Mrs. Pickens said she is working out the logistics of acquiring the horses, but she believes she can get the process rolling within a year. She declined to discuss a potential location, citing pending negotiations. But she said the refuge would not be in Texas.
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As part of her plan, Ms. Pickens said she wants to make the refuge property accessible to the public.