West Bench, Faulder, Okanagan Lake West
As a resident of Area F, contributor to the Delphi Survey and someone who has done some research on the control of feral horse populations, I am still surprised to see that there is no mention of any strategy to control the horse population. The removal of 100 horses this past fall by the PIB did take some of the pressure off of the area for the short term. The feeding stations did manage to keep probably one or two herds off of public and private lands. However, what is continually forgotten is the fact that every mature mare in the herd will probably give birth this spring. The consultant hired by the RDOS estimated between 300 and 400 horses residing in the area on or adjacent to PIB lands prior to the removal of the approx. 100 horses. That means there are still 200 to 300 horses "out there". If even 50% are breeding mares then that means there will be an increase to the herds by another 100 horses by this summer/fall and we are basically right back where we started. Fencing is not the best solution from an economical or a results based point of view. Solid research and encouraging results have been realized in the use of a contraceptive vaccine that is administered to the mares in a herd via air rifle. As a taxpayer and one that would be asked to vote on a fee to pay for fencing and fencing maintenance; I am not in favor of footing the bill for a short term solution that will only continue to cost too much and not change the situation of an over population problem that leads to starvation and property damage.
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