The Idaho State Journal reports that the Bureau of Land Management is testing a new fertility control vaccine it hopes will curtail their numbers.
The new vaccine tests began last week in Carson City, Nev., a state where most of the nation’s wild horse population exists.
While wild horses are often treated with a fertility vaccine, the current treatment in use is only effective for about a year and horses must be gathered annually and retreated.
Idaho’s BLM wild horse specialist Heather Tiel-Nelson said a new, long-lasting fertility vaccine would help curb the population explosion.
“We generally apply the porcine zona pellucida (vaccine),” she said. “It’s pretty temporary. It might be effective for that first year, but it’s really not that effective after that. We’ve been applying that to all of our mares we return to the range for a lot of years now. What we’re finding, not just here in Idaho but nationwide is it simply isn’t effective to curb the population growth like we need it to be.”
The BLM estimates that there are 95,000 wild horses and burros in herds across the West compared to 27,000 in 1971 when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Tiel-Nelson said Idaho’s wild horse population is easier to manage than Nevada’s.
Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations awarded $21 Million to the Bureau of Land Management for the roundup, removal and long-term holding of 15,000-20,000 wild horses and burros in a single year from western public lands.
Misleadingly billed as a “path forward,” this proposal is actually a path to destruction for America’s remaining wild herds. It was overwhelmingly opposed by grassroots organizations and groups with boots-on-the-ground experience protecting and humanely managing wild horses and burros in the wild.
The Sell Outs
Who is behind this abusive and deadly outcome for America’s wild horses? The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Public Lands Council, the ASPCA, and The Humane Society of the United States, who lobbied for and secured $21 Million of taxpayer money for this fiendish plan.
We are yearning to see something beautiful, moving and inspirational. How about you? Horses offer that, and much, much more. Sit back and relax for a few minutes and watch this.
DESCRIPTION: Wild horses Goliath and Red Lady reunite after being separated by a BLM roundup. After being apart for six months they see each other for the first time at Skydog Sanctuary and shortly afterwards have a final foal together.
Help end conflicts between wild horses and public land ranchers
The Voluntary Grazing Retirement Act — H.R. 5737 — would benefit wild horses and burros by providing another way to settle land and resource conflicts.
H.R. 5737 would also allow third parties, like wild horse or environmental organizations, to compensate livestock grazing permittees who choose to voluntarily relinquish their permits on land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service, permanently ending grazing on that allotment.
The legislation would incentivize the transfer of sensitive habitat while keeping land in the public domain for environmental, wildlife, recreation and other purposes, like the grazing of wild horses and burros on lands designated for their use.
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