Classes Offered for Shooting Mustangs

Wild Horses
Wild horses

Billings, Montana – The Science and Conservation Center is offering 2.5 day training classes on shooting wild horses with fertility control darts.  Members of the public can take the class and become certified in tracking and shooting wild horses with PZP.  Certification is required to administer PZP to wild horses.  The class costs $200.

People wanting to take the class are recommended to have hands on experience with scoped rifles.  “It is not unusual for some people attending the course to never have held a rifle of any kind and this can slow the training process down. This is particularly true for those who have never looked through a rifle scope before. So, if you fall into that category, we strongly advise you to find someone with a scoped rifle and to learn how to handle/hold it and use the scope effectively. You don’t have to actually shoot, but you do need to be comfortable looking through a scope,” their website states.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has control of the use of PZP in wild horses.  The HSUS holds the Investigational New Animal Drug exemptions (INAD) of PZP and as such, no agency or organization can use PZP in wild horses without HSUS approval.  All PZP administered to wild horses can only be administered once the HSUS has conducted a study of the herd and approved the herd management plan. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attempted to circumvent HSUS and approached the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but was denied.  The BLM can only administer PZP if approved by HSUS.

PZP has been used for over 20 years to treat the horses of Assateague Island National Seashore, with no ill effects reported.  “Wild horses are also being treated on Cape Lookout National Seashore (Shackleford Banks), North Carolina, for the NPS; on Carrot Island, North Carolina; on the Rachel Carson National Estuarine Reserve, North Carolina; and on many areas of Nevada, for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Other treated herds include Return To Freedom (American Wild Horse Sanctuary), Lompoc, California; Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (Montana/Wyoming); Little Book Cliffs National Wild Horse Range, Colorado; McCullough Peaks Horse Management Area, Wyoming; and Little Cumberland Island, Georgia; International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Wild Horse Sanctuary, Lantry, SD; Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs, SD, Carson National Forest, NM, and the Navaho and Pima/Maricopa Indian reservations. In Nevada and Wyoming, at least 25 different wild horse herds are being treated “experimentally” to evaluate population effects,” the SCC’s website states.

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773


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