16 U.S. Code § 459g–4 - Administration; public outdoor recreation and enjoyment; utilization of authorities for conservation and development of natural resources
(a) The Secretary shall administer the Cape Lookout National Seashore for the general purposes of public outdoor recreation, including conservation of natural features contributing to public enjoyment. In the administration of the seashore and the administrative site, the Secretary may utilize such statutory authorities relating to areas administered and supervised by the Secretary through the National Park Service and such statutory authorities otherwise available to him for the conservation and management of natural resources as he deems appropriate to carry out the purposes of sections 459g to 459g–7 of this title.
(1) The Secretary, in accordance with this subsection, shall allow a herd of not less than 110 free roaming horses, with a target population of between 120 and 130 free roaming horses, in Cape Lookout National Seashore (hereinafter referred to as the “Seashore”): Provided, That nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude the Secretary from implementing or enforcing the provisions of paragraph (3).
(2) Within 180 days after July 16, 1998, the Secretary shall enter into an agreement with the Foundation for Shackleford Horses (a nonprofit corporation established under the laws of the State of North Carolina), or another qualified nonprofit entity, to provide for management of free roaming horses in the seashore. The agreement shall—
(A) provide for cost-effective management of the horses while ensuring that natural resources within the seashore are not adversely impacted; and
(3) The Secretary shall not remove, assist in, or permit the removal of any free roaming horses from Federal lands within the boundaries of the seashore—
(A) unless the entity with whom the Secretary has entered into the agreement under paragraph (2), following notice and a 90-day response period, fails to meet the terms and conditions of the agreement; or
(4) The Secretary shall annually monitor, assess, and make available to the public findings regarding the population, structure, and health of the free roaming horses in the national seashore.
(5) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require the Secretary to replace horses or otherwise increase the number of horses within the boundaries of the seashore where the herd numbers fall below 110 as a result of natural causes, including, but not limited to, disease or natural disasters.
Source(Pub. L. 89–366, § 5,Mar. 10, 1966, 80 Stat. 35; Pub. L. 105–202, § 2,July 16, 1998, 112 Stat. 676; Pub. L. 105–229, § 1,Aug. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 1517; Pub. L. 109–117, § 1,Dec. 1, 2005, 119 Stat. 2526.)
2005—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 109–117, § 1(b)(1), struck out “(a)” after “(a)”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 109–117, § 1(b)(2), struck out the subsec. (b) added by Pub. L. 105–229, which was identical to the subsec. (b) added by Pub. L. 105–202.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 109–117, § 1(a)(1), substituted “not less than 110 free roaming horses, with a target population of between 120 and 130 free roaming horses,” for “100 free roaming horses”.
Subsec. (b)(3)(B). Pub. L. 109–117, § 1(a)(2), added subpar. (B) and struck out former subpar. (B) which read as follows: “unless the number of free roaming horses on Federal lands within Cape Lookout National Seashore exceeds 110; or”.
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 109–117, § 1(a)(3), substituted “110” for “100”.
1998—Pub. L. 105–229directed an amendment identical to that in Pub. L. 105–202resulting in the insertion of “(a)” before “(a)” in subsec. (a) and the addition of a second, identical subsec. (b).
Pub. L. 105–202designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b).