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Dear Editor,

Thank you for publishing Horse Advocates Pull for Underdog in Roundups.  The article is timely and highlights the need for innovation in wild horse management in the U.S.

A unique public-private nonprofit partnership in New Mexico developed new methods for managing wild horses to maintain their genetic diversity, sustain the health of rangelands, and reduce the need to remove mustangs from the wild. Mt. Taylor Mustangs, a private contractor, pioneered a humane, no-chase method for gathering wild horses, which allows the organization to administer the wild life contraceptive Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) to the animals. Partners in
the project include the U.S. Forest Service, Carson National Forest, and Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary.

No-chase gathering of wild horses is a vast departure from older methods, such as helicopter roundups featured in the article, which stress horses, disrupt their social structures, and can lead to injury and death. The second prong of the project, PZP administration, addresses a root cause of the current crisis in wild horse management. Namely, wild horses, a native species of North America, have been crowded from their designated wild horse territories.  Managing their
reproduction will enable them to remain free, albeit in reduced numbers.

The diverse project partners have found common ground - maintaining herd numbers that are sustainable for the land, while allowing wild horses to roam free today just as their native ancestors did many years ago.  Novel projects, such as the PZP project in New Mexico,
represent an opportunity for wild horse and environmental advocates and the government to collaborate to improve current management practices.

Sincerely,

Karen Herman
Teresa Jacobs
John Verheul
Russell Lynde

 

 

 

 

 

 

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