Hualapai Nation

 

Feral Animal Removal




Feral Animal Removal, 
      Wild Horse Capture, Hualapai Reservation, dnr


The name ‘feral’ is applied to those non-native animals or plants which live or grow outside of captivity or domestic control.  These animals or plants have escaped local confinement or cultivation to flourish in an outside environment  populated by other species native to the area .

The Hualapai Department of Natural Resources uses the term to encompass all introduced animals and plants which compete with native animal populations and plant species.  This includes introduced animals that have not been domesticated or released deliberately.

 

Feral Animal Removal, 
      Wild Horse Capture, Hualapai Reservation, dnr



                                                Feral Animal Removal, 
      Wild Horse Capture, Hualapai Reservation, dnr

In past surveys wild horse and donkeys have been counted within various locations of the Hualapai Reservation.  In the National and Mohawk Canyons, 185 wild horses had been counted.  Of these, 50 horses were removed from the canyons; however, several still remain on the plateaus.

 

 

Feral Animal Removal, 
      Wild Horse Capture, Hualapai Reservation, dnr

To the right is an image of several Feral Horses found within the boundaries of the Hualapai Reservation.

 


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                                               Feral Animal Removal, 
      Wild Horse Capture, Hualapai Reservation, dnr

Feral animals cause significant damage to native plant species through voracious over foraging of grasslands available for wildlife, and in trampling of fragile seeps, springs, and wetlands within Hualapai Lands.  The animals were removed via net guns and helicopter retrieval. 

 

 

Feral Animal Removal, 
      Wild Horse Capture, Hualapai Reservation, dnr

A number of wild donkeys  were also captured and removed from the Peach Springs Canyon Lands.  Adoption of these animals was made available to the public.

None of the animals sustained harmful damage and several were auctioned to tribal members.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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