Darts, not bullets being considered for Snowy Mountains' wild brumbies.

OPTIONS: Environment Minister Mark Speakman has been lobbied to consider fertility control measures for wild horses. Picture: John Veage

OPTIONS: Environment Minister Mark Speakman has been lobbied to consider fertility control measures for wild horses. Picture: John Veage

In response to calls to use sterilisation darts instead of traditional culling methods for wild brumbies in the Snowy Mountains, the government has said it was “considering all options”.

WILD WORRIES: The control of wild brumbies in the NSW Snowy Mountains is the subject of a draft management plan currently being developed. Photos courtesy Judy Goggin and Paul McIver.

WILD WORRIES: The control of wild brumbies in the NSW Snowy Mountains is the subject of a draft management plan currently being developed. Photos courtesy Judy Goggin and Paul McIver.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan was prepared on recommendations about the feasibility of all control methods, including fertility control.

Mark Pearson, MLC, of the Animal Justice Party met with the minister to push for the program, which has been piloted in the United States.

Wild horses are shot with a dart containing a PZP vaccine which makes a horse sterile for two years, and a second shot to make them unable to reproduce for the rest of their life.

Mr Speakman said community and stakeholder submissions for the draft plan were currently being reviewed.

“The NSW Government is considering all options for wild horse management following the draft plan’s consultation process.”

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