Feral horses aren't "Icons" of anything save stupidity

Why does the ecologically illiterate media always have to cast the conflict between ranchers and the feral horse nuts? And why do they wrongly call recently abandoned and lost livestock “icons”? Disgusting! http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/04/05/3119068/tension-growing-between-ranchers.html?sp=/99/1687/&ihp=1