BIWFC SPONSORS SYMPOSIUM at TWS 2022 CONFERENCE

“Fertility Control to Mitigate Conflicts and Manage Wild Horse and Burro Populations on Public Lands in the U.S.”


Monday, November 7, 2022         
1:30 – 5:00 PM


The BIWFC and The National Wildlife Research Center has organized a symposium titled Fertility Control to Mitigate Conflicts and Manage Wild Horse and Burro Populations on Public Lands in the U.S., at The Wildlife Society’s (TWS) 29th Annual Conference held in Spokane, Washington, USA from November 7 – 10, 2022,

The symposium is scheduled for Monday, November 7 at 1:30-5:00pm.

Since the passage “Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971,” managing America’s wild equids has evolved into a fiscal and political quagmire that is now one of the most critical and complex wildlife management issues in the U.S. today. This session will explore public knowledge, values and attitudes about wild equid management, stakeholder perspectives and disputes that impact management decisions, the use of multi-objective modeling as a management decision-support tool, and the role fertility control can play in providing effective, sustainable, and widely accepted alternatives for managing wild equid populations on public lands in the U.S.


SESSION CHAIRS
Stephanie Boyles Griffin, The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control
Doug Eckery, USDA APHIS WS National Wildlife Research Center


PRESENTATIONS:

Wild Horse and Burro Management 101 (Warning: Proceed with Caution!)
Celeste Carlisle, Return to Freedom/Former National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Public Knowledge and Opinion of Euthanasia as a Management Option for Wild and Free-Roaming Horses
Nicki Frey, Utah State University

Free-Roaming Equids and the American Mind; the Role of Strategic Public Engagement in Achieving Healthy Herds on Healthy Rangelands.
Terry Messmer, Berryman Institute, Utah State University

Multi-Objective Modeling as a Decision-Support Tool for Free-Roaming Horse Management
Kate A. Schoenecker1, USGS

BIWFC RECEPTION


Monday, November 7
7:30 – 9:30 PM

Terrace Room East Davenport Grand Hotel


Join us at 7:30pm for a  reception in the Terrace Room East of the Davenport Grand Hotel. Speakers from our symposium will be in attendance for further questions and networking. The BIWFC can also be found throughout the conference at our exhibit table.  Stop by and say hello.

Stakeholder Perspective: Federal Agency Lead on Wild Horse and Burro Management
Teresa Drotar, USDA Forest Service,

Stakeholder Perspective: Rangeland Scientist and Former Member of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
Barry L. Perryman, Dept. of Agriculture, Veterinary, and Rangeland Sciences

Effect of Adult Male Sterilization on the Behavior and Social Associations of Free-Roaming Feral Horses
Sarah King, Colorado State University

Optimum Reimmunization Interval for Delivery of GNRH Immunocontraceptive Vaccine (Gonacon-Equine) in Feral Horses (Equus Ferus Caballus) Using Prototype Syringe Darts
Jason Bruemmer, USDA

Remote-Delivery and Efficacy of ZonaStat-H in Wild Burros of the Black Mountain Herd Management Area in Northwest Arizona.
Stephanie Boyles Griffin, The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control

The Effects of Immunization Against Oocyte Specific Growth Factors in Mares
Jason Bruemmer, USDA

The Contraceptive Efficacy of a Self-Assembling Intra-Uterine Device and Its Potential to Control Fertility in Free-Roaming Equids
Karl Hoopes, Utah State University

Panel discussion to follow the presentations.