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The historical and biological significance of the 300 feral, free-roaming horses living on Maryland’s Assateague Island has recently taken a back seat to the concerns of scientists who want to limit the iconic animal’s numbers in order to lessen the serious impact the horses are having on the island’s ecology. WAMU news reporter Brain Russo visited the picturesque area for a firsthand account of this complex situation. Then, Sam Litzinger speaks to Rhonda Van Lowe of the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program about the practice of using horses to improve mental health. Following that it’s this week’s edition of BirdNote and a house sparrow party.
Music: “Animal Dreams” by Bob James; “Wild Horses” – Tim Ries & Norah Jones