Horses numbers have historically been managed at the park through periodic (every three to four years) roundups, utilizing helicopters to herd horses to a handling facility. Removed horses are then sold at public auction. However, the park is exploring alternative methods for herd management, including:
In addition to the above initiatives, the park involves a number of private citizens in horse management activities through the Volunteer in Parks program. For instance, volunteers have contributed to contraceptive research, low-stress livestock herding, chemical immobilization, and corral trapping efforts, helping to make these programs a success.
The park thanks two non-profit organizations, North Dakota Badlands Horse and Wild in North Dakota, for contributions in support of the horse management program, as described below. More information about the park's horses, including images and commentary, can be accessed via the organizations' websites and social media outlets.
Specific Organizational Contributions
North Dakota Badlands Horse:
Wild in North Dakota:
Read more about the history and background of horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.