More Fencing Needed for Virginia Range Mustangs?

Only in selected areas, perhaps where the writer of this opinion piece lives.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, there were 13 collisions involving horses, resulting in the deaths of nine.  Locations of the accidents were not provided.

Additional fencing would stop horses from entering roadways and drivers won’t be at risk to hit them.  The horses will stay safe in the hills.

If the goal is to keep them safe in the hills, the stakeholders should be asking why they are leaving that area, not why they are being hit by cars.

This time of year, they may try to avoid the colder temperatures and lack of forage in the mountains, with elevations exceeding 6,000 feet.

The writer suggested that, among other things, the fertility control program could be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

What if the horses have fled the hills in fear of the advocates?

The stallions can’t understand why their mares aren’t bearing any fruit and the death rate of the herd is probably going up.

Perhaps their instincts have kicked in and they’re now scattering to survive.

That would explain why the Pine Nut advocates, a few miles to the south, needed a Jeep to pursue their targets.

By confining the horses to certain areas, additional fencing might make life a little easier for the Virginia Range advocates and improve the hit rate of their RDDs.

Looking ahead, collisions with foals should be minimal in 2022.  The advocates have already fixed that problem.

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