The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had just rejected an initiative to list the North American Horses as an endangered species.
The petitioners, Friends of Animals and The Cloud Foundation, filed the initiative last summer. The group aims to list mustangs in the Endangered Species Act to protect the horse’s species.
They say that the horses are threatened to extinction on federal lands across 10 Western states from California to Montana.
The groups argue that the horses, which evolve as a native species, are distinct population segment separate from domesticated horses.
However, the Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that horse is a horse, and they refuse to study the matter deeply.
They find that the petition does not present any substantial information that the North American wild horses are separate from other species of horses, according to their release on Tuesday.
The petition said that the mustang’s habitat has decreased by 40 percent since the passage of Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act in 1971.
The group is disappointed and confused because of the agency’s cloudy ruling, said Jennifer Barnes, who happens to be the lawyer of the the organization.
She added that they want to seek for more details before deciding whether they can refile an amended petition to prevent the extinction of mustangs.
Before a plant or animal receive protection from Endangered Species Act, it must be added to the federal’s list of endangered species, it can happen it two different ways: through petition or through candidate assessment process.
The agency would grant the protection if there were natural or man-made factors affecting the species’ survival.
On Wednesday, the Government of Washington has moved the Arizona Toad closer to endangered status, while demoted the Gray wolf a notch lower from losing its endangered species protection.