Wild Love Preserve’s multi-faceted approach to wild horse conservation on native turf began in 2010. Following the 2012 Challis-Idaho BLM helicopter roundup, our WLP-BLM collaborative Native PZP 1YR pilot program took root with two bands of Challis wild horses the Idaho BLM agreed to leave untouched, and in years following expanded to address the whole of the Challis HMA.
2019 marks the sixth year of our humane and collaborative Native PZP fertility management program which has proven successful in slowing population growth with free-roaming wild horses on the Challis HMA darting with the BLM on the range, and with Wild Love’s adopted wild horses. By design, Wild Love’s adopted Idaho wild horses also serve as our control herd because management on our private preserve mirrors our collaborative work on public lands. Native PZP has enabled us to keep our numbers at roughly 136 over the last six years, and we’ve witnessed firsthand that it does not result in adverse behavioral issues, does not impact band or herd dynamics, has not altered the natural breeding season, does not negatively impact the fetus or cause birth defects if a pregnant wild mare is darted, and we have healthy babies born to our wild mares ensuring genetic viability.
Learn more about Wild Love’s boots-on-the-ground implementation over the last nine years: