In an effort to control the population of wild horses, the US government is offering $1,000 for anyone willing to adopt one of the majestic animals, CBS reported.

The current population of wild mustangs totals around 88,000, Gus Warr, a worker at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah, told CBS.

However, he said the land can reasonably support only 27,000 of the large animals.

The BLM said it began the spur-kicking initiative to save costs and support the well-being of the horses.

The government previously rounded up thousands of the wild creatures annually, which lead to some injuries and even deaths, CBS reported.

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