NDA enters new agreement with AWHC for fertility control of Virginia Range feral/estray horse population


Rebecca Allured
Public Information Officer
(SPARKS, Nev.) - April 09, 2019

As a first step in comprehensive management of the Virginia Range feral/estray horse population, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) signed a non-exclusive agreement today for fertility control.

“We understand the importance of fertility control in the long-term health and management of the Virginia Range horses,” NDA Director Jennifer Ott said. “I look forward to working with the staff and volunteers of AWHC and our shared goal of a sustainable, long-term solution for managing the Virginia Range horses.”

The new agreement addresses fertility control, and leaves room for additional cooperative agreements to be implemented. NDA staff will continue to address public safety concerns as-needed, and horses on highways or roadways should be reported to local law enforcement or by calling NDA’s Animal Industry division 775-353-3709.

The Virginia Range area includes highway 395 to 95A and I-80 to Highway 50. Nevada is a “fence-out” state, which means if landowners do not want livestock on their property, they must construct a legal fence in accordance with NRS Chapter 569.431. Horses in the Virginia Range cross roadways in search of feed and water sources. Drivers should remain alert and aware and be sure to obey all traffic laws, including posted speed limits in this area.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. The NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.