COPY-Border Patrol mounts unit for South Texas patrols

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol is returning to its roots in the lower Rio Grande Valley, training six wild mustangs to carry agents in mounted patrols.

Most agents were mounted when the Border Patrol began in 1924 to fight illegal alcohol imports from Mexico. Now, officials see them as an ideal complement to motorized patrols along remote, sometimes rugged border terrain, The Monitor of McAllen reports (

The patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector adopted the horses from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management wild-horse relocation program. Border Patrol mounted unit supervisor Mary Olivares tells The Monitor that the horses "allow the agents to work in areas that are not accessible to other vehicles."

Furthermore, the horses are stealthier mounts than motorized vehicles. Olivares says that allows agents to watch violations develop.

Information from: The Monitor,

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