Assateague Island Loses Two Senior Mares

The Park Service is working on another wild horse census, according to a story posted today by the Maryland Coast Dispatch.

An advocacy group associated with the effort reported that two mares were confirmed dead by Assateague Island National Seashore staff.

As for the other findings, the agency probably won’t post them to their news site.

That stopped over two years ago.

The fertility control program was shut off in 2016, contrary to remarks in the article, and the herd declined in size for the next four years, until it rebounded slightly in 2021.

In 2020, females outnumbered males 51 to 21.

The advocates point to the island as a paragon of wild horse management.

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