A “Momentous Occasion” for Alberta’s Wild Horses

WHOAS, The Wild Horse of Alberta Society, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). This five year agreement allows WHOAS to work in collaboration with ESRD to humanely manage wild horse populations in the Sundre area. Hopefully it will also take the pressure off wild horses in Kananaskis Country.

While the agreement is not yet public, it’s apparently a working agreement between WHOAS and ESRD to:

  • Select a limited number of mares each year to receive the PZP contraception vaccine and, in conjunction with veterinarians and other university researchers, confirm that this method of controlling wild horse populations is effective, humane and safe. The entire cost of the program is being paid for by WHOAS through donations.
  • WHOAS will have the authority to rescue horses that have strayed onto private land and roadways or got themselves into trouble. Thanks to a very generous donation of 20 acres of land WHOAS now has a site on which they have constructed a humane and safe handling facility.
  • If it is necessary to reduce herds, WHOAS will work with ESRD to ensure that younger horses are removed so as to maintain the dynamics of the wild horse herds. Any animal that is removed will be gentled and put up for adoption. No more wild horses will ever be sent for slaughter.

Support their efforts by purchasing their 2015 calendar. All money raised goes into helping them protect and save the Alberta wild horses. The cost of the calendar is $25 which includes postage and handling and can be ordered by sending a cheque or money order to: WHOAS, Box 70022, Olds, AB T4H 0A3. They can also be purchased online using PayPal at Wild Horse of Alberta Society 2015 Calendar.

4 comments… add one
  • B. Dec 2, 2014, 8:42 pm

    I haven’t read the article Don is referring to but I can certainly say that if V Fisher is right then maybe our wildies will be gone in a few years, but they would be gone a lot faster without the agreement.

  • Don Dec 2, 2014, 7:42 pm

    @V Fisher
    In my mind this 5 year agreement between WHOAS and ESRD is way better than the capture and slaughter program, so I am really not sure what your problem is.
    Reading your article at equines.ca, it almost sounds like you are upset because the other kids on the playground didn’t want to play your game.
    Any agreement is better than what was in place previously.

  • B. Dec 1, 2014, 9:01 am

    Are you a WHOAS member?

  • V Fisher Dec 1, 2014, 2:24 am

    WHOAS does not speak for the General Public. In fact, the deal that WHOAS made with ESRD by signing a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to provide capture and cull services of our wildies was in DIRECT CONTRAVENTION of what the General Public agreed to. We agreed to a trial PZP Program IN RETURN FOR no captures or culls. I repeat NO CAPTURES OR CULLS! Thanks to WHOAS, we now have captures, culls and PZP. Our wildies will be gone in a few years.

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