Salt River wild horse herd advocates are thrilled that Governor Doug Ducey has signed legislation to protect these animals from harassment from the public. State Representative Kelly Townsend says that, while feeding the horses, touching them or bothering them while giving birth or shooting them if injured will become misdemeanors under the law, enactment is contingent on an agreement with the US Forest Service, which is the ultimate authority on the herd.

Townsend also praises Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth for his help in reaching an understanding on these horses and what they mean to Arizona. Townsend says the new law ensures that these horses that have been there since before Arizona became a state will be there for us all forever