FREES Resources

Sustaining Wild and Free-roaming Horses and Burros-History, Vision, Reality, Nightmare, Paths and Needed Action

Human-Wildlife Interactions special issue on Wild Horse and Burro Management research. Published in 2018 (volume 12 issue 1).  

U.S. Knowledge and Opinions of Free-Roaming Horses 2020 survey results now available.  There were over 3000 respondents from all regions of the U.S.  The survey team was headed by Dr. Nicki Frey and included specialists from 5 western states that study free-roaming horse biology, ecology, and management, rangeland ecology, and human-wildlife conflict management.

Presentations from the 2020 Summit "Connecting the Dots" 

Fertility Control Toolbox courtesy of Ursula Bechert

Constraints to Applying Fertility Control courtesy of Mark Fraker

Editor's Message: Schoenecker, K.A., S.B. King, and T.A. Messmer. 2021.  The Wildlife Profession's Duty in Achieving Science-Based Sustainable Management of Free-Roaming Equids.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 85(6):1057–1061; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.22091  

Coates, P.S., S.T. O'Neil, D.A. Munoz, I.A. Dwight, and J.C. Tull. 2021. Sage-grouse population dynamics are adversely affected by overabundant feral horses.  Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.22089

Andreasen, A.M., K.M. Stewart, W.S. Longland, and J.P. Beckman.  2021.  Prey specialization by cougars on feral horses in a desert environment.  Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.22087 

Hennig, J.D., J.L. Beck, C.J. Duchardt, and J.D. Scasta.  2021. Variation in sage-grouse habitat quality metrics across a gradient of feral horse use.  Journal of Arid Environments 

Hennig, J.D., J.L. Beck, C.J. Gray, and J.D. Scasta.  2020.  Temporal overlap among feral horses, cattle and native ungulates at water sources.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 

Gradil, C., C. Joone, T. Haire, B. Fowler, J. Zinchuk, C.J. Davies,  and B. Ball. 2021.  An intrauterine device with potential to control fertility in feral equids.  Animal Reproduction Science 231:

Gedir, J.V., J.W. Cain III, B.C. Lubow, T. Karish, D.K. Delaney, and G.W. Roemer. 2021. Estimating abundance and simulating fertility control in a feral burro population.  The Journal of Wildlife Management   

Stoner, D.C., M.T. Anderson, C.A. Schroeder, C.A. Bleke, and E.T. Thacker.  2021. Distribution of completition potential between native ungulates and free-roaming equids on Western rangelands.  The Journal of Wildlife Management  

Repository of articles on wildlife fertility control hosted by Botstiber Institute

Munoz, D. A., P. S. Coates, M. A. Ricca. 2020. Free-Roaming Horses Disrupt Greater Sage-Grouse Lekking Activity in the Great Basin. Journal of Arid Environments.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Report to Congress: An Analysis of Achieving a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program
May 8, 2020

Presentations from the 2017 National Wild Horse and Burro Summit

2019 Free-roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Summit 
Videos explaining purpose and reactions to the Summit

FREES handouts from meeting with Congressional staff in Washington, DC

The Wildlife Society provides testimony to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition website

Oocyte Growth Factor Vaccine Study information

500 Miles video about Veterans training wild horses

The Wildlife Society video Horse-Rich and Dirt-Poor

Controlling Wild Horses video from This American Land