Sloppy head count could bring wild horses to extinction


Captured wild horses Nevada Jan 2012 (Photo © Anne Novak, all rights reserved.)

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Anne Novak, executive director of the California-based Protect Mustangs, said she and other wild horse advocates oppose castrating stallions as a method of birth control. She said the use of birth control drugs “is definitely something to look at,” but said the BLM’s wild horse policy is fatally flawed because the agency has no accurate count of wild horses on the range.

“Before we talk about birth control, we need to know how many wild horses are out there,” Novak said. “We need an accurate individual head count.”

She said the BLM’s estimates are inflated and result in taking so many wild horses off the range that genetically viable herds will vanish. The disagreement between the BLM and horse advocates, she said, is whether the animals are overpopulating the range or facing extinction because of the agency’s frequent roundups.

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