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Conservationist, Landowner, and Sportsman Opposition to Nevada SB 90

  • Kat Dwyer
  • Assemblywoman Selena Torres, Chair
    NV Assembly Committee on Government Affairs
    Nevada State Capitol,
    101 N Carson St. Carson City, NV 89701
    Re: Sportsman, Landowner, & Conservationist Opposition to SB 90

    Dear Chair Torres:

    We write in opposition to SB 90, a bill to designate the “wild mustang” as the official state horse of the State of Nevada. We respectfully request that your committee table this bill when it comes before you for action.

    We appreciate the presence of some of these animals on the landscape, however, the overpopulation of horses and burrows has resulted in the degradation of rangeland and health of native wildlife in our state. In our view, offering greater legitimacy to the inhumane, overpopulation of feral horses on the landscape of our state would be detrimental to our diligently managed wildlife and natural resources, as well as to the horses themselves. Feral horse populations can double every four (4) years and in some extreme instances, populations on our states’ Horse Management Areas can exceed ten (10) times the appropriate management levels. Adverse impacts to our native wildlife are equally extreme. These feral horses frequently intimidate and out-compete our native wildlife for forage and water. Increasingly rare and delicate riparian areas are monopolized by feral horses, which turns these once-lush meadows and seepage springs dry and desolate. Overpopulated feral horses are actively destroying the lifeblood of our state, our precious and limited riparian areas, spring sources, meadows, creeks, streams, and all that support these animals and plants. Professional wildlife managers at the Nevada Department of Wildlife list the overpopulation of feral horses as the second greatest impact to wildlife of greatest conservation need, including at-risk species like sage grouse.

    Declaring “wild mustangs” our state symbol would be especially ironic, given their detrimental impacts to our other state symbols, like bighorn sheep, Indian rice grass, sagebrush, mountain bluebird, and the Lahontan cutthroat trout (via horses’ impact to Nevada’s water quality and quantity).

    We appreciate your consideration of this request and respectfully request that you table SB 90 when it comes before your committee. Yours in conservation,


    Wild Sheep Foundation
    Boone and Crockett Club
    Chukar Chasers Foundation
    Coalition for Healthy Nevada Lands, Wildlife & Free-Roaming Horses
    Congressional Sportsmen’s Association
    Ducks Unlimited
    Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn
    Meadow Valley Wildlife Unlimited
    Muley Fanatics Foundation Sierra Front Chapter
    National Wildlife Federation
    Nevada Bighorns Unlimited
    Nevada Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
    Nevada Sporting Dog Alliance
    Nevada Trapper’s Association
    Nevada Wildlife Federation
    Northern Nevada Coalition for Wildlife
    Pope & Young Club
    Property & Environment Research Center
    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    Safari Club International
    Southern Nevada Coalition for Wildlife
    Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
    Wildlife Management Institute


    Rebecca Mills, Retired Superintendent Great Basin National Park Kenneth E. Mayer, Former Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife

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    • Kat Dwyer
      Kat Dwyer
      • Marketing & Media Manager

      Kat Dwyer is PERC’s marketing and media manager.

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