According to the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration, there are between 2000 and 4000 feral horsed roaming freely in the Delta. (Yeah, they know nothing. I could’ve come up with a more precise number that). Of those, only about 1000 actually belong to somebody.
[adsense]I used to think that they’re a nice and welcoming sight for tourists, but it appears that they are actually damaging the environment. More precisely, they are endangering the Letea forest where the young vegetation cannot develop because the horses enter and eat or otherwise destroy it.
So the plan that ARBDD came up with is to build a wide enclosure area near the forest that will provide the same living conditions for the horses, but prevent them from leaving the area and entering the forest.
Letea is one of the oldest natural reserves in Romania, and protecting it is always a great idea. What I don’t know is if they are going to take all the horses in the Delta and put them together, or only the ones that life in the Letea area.
I’ve always liked seeing them wherever I went, so it would be a shame if they were all taken.
There are other places that may be in the same situation though. Caraorman forest, for instance is very similar to Letea and it would be appropriate to build a similar protection system there too.