Birth Control for Feral Horses to Slim Down Population in Alberta

In the wild province of Alberta, Canada, the pristine lakes and plentiful supply of natural plants have resulted in a rapid population boom of feral horses. In the past, the Alberta government dealt with overwhelming horse populations by capturing them for adoption or sending them to the slaughterhouse.

However, the The Wild Horses Of Alberta Society (WHOAS) has implemented a new, 5 year program to attempt birth control on the wild animals. Highly trained veterinarians go on hunting expeditions, armed with a tranquilizer gun and a bag of contraceptives. Once the horses get shot with the tranquilizer, the veterinarians then proceed to administer a mild contraceptive that slowly wears off over time, unless the animal is repeatedly injected every few years.

Furthermore, with the implementation of this new experiment, the government has currently put a stop to capturing horses for adoption and slaughterhouses. By delaying these events, scientists are able to study the breeding patterns of feral horses and see if there are any noticeable results in order to better understand these majestic creatures.

Additionally, WHOAS has another agenda in this program. The Alberta government currently doesn’t recognize feral horses as a breed on their own, instead distinguishing them simply as wild horses. By going through the program, WHOAS hopes to let the Alberta government realize that feral horses are, indeed, their own distinct species with unique lifestyles differing from other horses.

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