THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking proposals and interest from suitably experienced and equipped landholders within two hours drive of Jindabyne to accept wild horses removed from Kosciuszko National Park.
These horses become the property of the recipient to retain, re-home, or sell. A similar arrangement exists for the horse removal program in the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park, where 615 horses were removed over winter and delivered to a nearby property.
In southern Kosciuszko, the NPWS has an ongoing program to capture and remove up to 200 wild horses annually, as part of its Horse Management Plan.
Previously a small number of people have wanted only a few horses from the southern section of Kosciuszko National Park. This year Parks intends to re-home these horses on a larger scale and encourages interested landholders to make contact.
The selected landholder will have experience in the humane handling of horses and be available to accept horses on short notice from December to June.
They will also have suitable facilities to feed and water horses.
Appropriate yards and fencing are essential with a minimum height of 1.8 metres, although 2.0 metres would be preferred. The landholder must be able to separate and hold stallions away from other horses.
Anyone interested in establishing their property to receive wild horses from Kosciuszko National Park is encouraged to contact NPWS Ranger Rob Gibbs on 02 6450 5577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org