The National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition, currently chaired by The Wildlife Society, has published a series of fact sheets to the coalition’s website. The seven fact sheets provide an overview of the issue of wild horse and burro overpopulation, discuss possible management options, and address the specific impacts of excess horses and burros on taxpayer dollars, native wildlife, the rangeland ecosystem, and rural western communities.
As of March 2015, the Bureau of Land Management estimates that over 58,000 horses and burros live on BLM managed rangelands, despite the fact that the ecosystem can only sustain approximately 27,000 individuals. The coalition created the factsheets to aid in their advocacy for an ecologically-sound approach to managing the overabundance of free-roaming horses and burros.
In January, the coalition released informational commercials in the Denver, Colorado, area. These commercials are also available on the coalition’s website.
For more information on free-ranging horses and burros, see TWS’ position statement.