More Freedom for Wild Corolla Horses

Wild horses pause for a drink on Corolla Island. New management rules would help the island's horse population stay viable. Photo by Martin Griffiths.Sens. Kay Hagen (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have introduced S. 3448, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act. This bill provides for a new management plan for the free-roaming Corolla wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. S. 3448 would increase the herd to a more genetically-viable minimum of 110 animals, with a target population of between 120 and 130; provide for cost-effective management of the horses while ensuring that natural resources within the refuge are not adversely impacted; and mandate a less intrusive population control plan for the horses. The House passed its version, H.R. 306 introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), earlier this year.