Minden, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with Northern Nevada Wild Horse advocates to learn about the Fish Springs Wild Horse Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) Darting Program. The program facilitates humane population control of wild horses in Nevada by administering mares with doses of reversible, effective fertility control. PZP has successfully been used to control populations of dozens of wildlife species worldwide. The senator met with local volunteers and advocates to review the science of tracking fertility control programs for wild horses and toured the ranges where the horses are monitored.

“The partnership between wild horse advocates and the Bureau of Land Management helps ensure that all voices are heard and wild horses are treated humanely in both management and adoption programs. PZP darting is an effective part of managing the wild horse population in Nevada and keeps wild horses out of expensive, cramped holding pens and other unsafe situations,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I appreciate that these advocates are working each day to educate our communities about our majestic wild horses and protect these symbols of the west.”