13 wild horses released in northern Colorado after removal from California

Wild horses still roam freely at Sand Wash Basin in northwest Colorado. Photo Credit: William Dayton, Instagram: williamdaytonphotography

Thirteen wild horses removed from an overpopulated range in California were released back into the wild in Northern Colorado over the weekend.

According to a  report from CBS Denver, the thirteen wild horses taken from Modoc National Forest are now settling into their new 60-acre home near Red Feather Lakes. The horses are the first of 19 total to be released on the range in Colorado.

The non-profit organization Love Wild Horses says the “wild ponies” also play a big role in reducing the risk of wildfires by consuming fuel loads such as underbrush and other vegetation through natural grazing patterns.

Editor’s Note. If you see a wild horse please do not approach, pet, or feed it. Horses may kick, bite, or charge if they feel threatened, so always view them from a safe distance

RELATED: If you want to see wild horses, here are four spots where you can still see them in Colorado.

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