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.
Read more about the history and background of horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Last updated: March 22, 2018