Wild Horse Census
Posted: Oct 9, 2018 2:55 PM
(Berlin, Md)- The latest census of wild horses on Assateague is complete. According to the The National Park Service Maryland herd is currently at 79 horses, including 21 stallions and 58 mares. The third foal of the year, colt, was born in September to "Jojo". The National Park Service completes a full census of the horse population in Maryland six times per year, the next in November. Managed as a wildlife population, the Assateague horses are free to roam over approximately 27 miles of the barrier island and can be difficult to find at times. During each census, horses are identified by their distinguishing characteristics, mapped and counted. Individual horses that are not observed during multiple census periods are presumed dead. In addition to the census, the National Park Service has initiated a new genetic study that will develop updated, more detailed information describing the genetic status and condition of the horse herd in support of the long-term fertility control program that was initiated in 1994.