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.