Paynes Prairie's Future
There were tears and yells as emotions ran high Tuesday evening all over a proposed plan to remove animals from one of North Central Florida's natural treasures. Department of Environmental Protection workers want to thin the herds of bison and cracker horses on Paynes Rrairie. The plan would reduce the number of free-ranging bison and cracker horses to up to 12 all-female herds. That would be down from the current estimate of 70 bison and 30 horses. It is a plan not all agree with.
"One paragraph will say it is because they are overgrazing the land and the next paragraph will say that they were brought here to graze on the land so it's one of those plans that i don't think they know where they are going with it," said Gainesville resident Riley Peck.
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