Originally Posted by PhelanVelvel
I think there should be some effort to relocate them. If they're on army land, I don't see how that will work out for them in the long-run. If they become too much of an issue, I could see the military wanting to cull them a lot more. Wouldn't it be possible to move them to an area where there are fewer species of threatened plants? I'm not really knowledgeable on the plants in question, how many there are, and how widespread they are throughout New Zealand. Seems it would just make more sense to move them. Population control would still be necessary, but I think it would be nice for them to not have as much pressure from the conservation and military spheres.
They have been relocated to the only place they can be- the Southern part of the Kaimanawa Ranges.
The army is not allowed to do anything with the horses- they both share the Southern part of the range. I think the army sometimes uses the Northern part of the ranges, but can't remember now, however the horses are not allowed there.
The Kaimanawa Range is the ONLY place in NZ that the horses live- it's the North Islands mountain range & they have adapted to the environment there- which is harsh, yet there isnt any where else for them.
Some people have brought small bands of the horses from the Kai Trust & set up their own breeding bands in other parts of the countr