Wild Equid Management – The Role of Fertility Control
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 1 PM (EST)
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, as amended, declared wild horses and burros as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West,” and directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to manage the herds “to preserve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance.” In recent years, efforts to maintain this balance have caused the agency’s wild horse and burro management costs to skyrocket due to a rise in the number of animals removed from public lands coupled with a decrease in adoption rates.
In 2013 The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recommended the BLM reduce its reliance on removals with on-the-range management strategies such as fertility control. Two immunocontraception vaccines, GonaCon® and ZonaStat-H, have been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and in several U.S. states, to manage wild equids. PZP-22, has also shown promise as a fertility control tool.
This webinar, presented by The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, will cover the challenges associated with managing wild horses and burros on our public lands and the role that fertility control could play in managing the herds in a more effective, humane and sustainable way.