The park also plans to launch a horse birth control experiment during the roundup.
"Once you have resource damage it's really difficult to fix it so we don't want to get to that point," said Eileen Andes, the park spokeswoman. "Our aim for the park is to maintain our wildlife populations for the public enjoyment but also to protect the resource and that's a balance that we have to continually work on."
About 100 of the horses will be sold at public auction in Wishek on Sept. 28.
The park has conducted more than 25 horse roundups since 1954. The park's last horse roundup, in 2009, led eight of 77 auctioned horses to wind up on the "kill market," where horses are bought for slaughter.
Members of some national organizations have said they are working to save the mustangs and find them homes. The Cloud Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Legacy Mustang Preservation, based in Louisa, Va., have joined forces in Operation Badlands Mustang Rescue. The groups have pledged to buy as many as 24 of the horses.
Source: The Associated Press
From The Cloud Foundation:
Please help us make the Badlands mustang sale on September 28th successful. Help us ensure that no young horses go to the killers this time around. Please support our efforts with your donations.
We are nearing our goal to have enough money to buy, transport, feed, geld, and train up to 24 youngsters at Legacy Mustang Preservation in Louisa, Virginia.
Legacy will then offer these young horses for adoption. The Park has indicated they will remove 110 horses, so please attend this auction in Wishek, ND or let us know if you cannot attend, but can offer a loving, forever home so we can try to work out transport to your location with the help of North Dakota Badlands Horse.
Video by Ginger Kathrens and The Cloud Foundation.