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Originally Posted: February 22, 2013
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on how to manage a herd of 100-150 wild horses living in the Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado.
Use talking points below and paste onto National Parks
service comment page:
AND/OR please write to:
Mesa Verde National Park
Attn: Trespass Livestock Management Plan
PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Wild horses have lived in Mesa Verde National Park for many years and are part of the park's natural landscape and history. Each year, thousands of park visitors enjoy seeing the wild horses, as evidenced by the videos and photographs of these beautiful horses that are regularly shared online.
The Park Service has stated that it will decide how to manage the horses based on the comments it receives from the public. Now is our opportunity to encourage the National Park Service to humanely manage these wild horses with PZP birth control, just as it has successfully managed the wild horses of the Assateague National Seashore in Maryland for more than two decades.
The wild horses of Mesa Verde National Park are part of this area's natural landscape and history. They are also an important part of the visitor experience. Each year, thousands of park visitors enjoy viewing the wild horses, as evidenced by the videos and photographs of these beautiful animals that are regularly shared online.
Urge the National Park Service to create a management plan for the wild horses that preserves this unique and historic herd in Mesa Verde National Park and protects their wild, free-roaming behaviors, while managing their numbers through the use of humane and reversible fertility control. The National Park Service has had great success managing a similarly sized wild horse population in the Assateague National Seashore using PZP birth control. The Assateague horses have been managed using PZP for 20 years without a single removal.
Urge the National Park Service to establish the following as guiding principles for managing the horses:
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