Kosciuszko National Park contains some of Australia's most beautiful and unique natural landscapes, plants and animals. This includes the main alpine and sub-alpine area in New South Wales: the Snowy Mountains.
The wild horse population is valued by many Australians for their heritage links to high country pastoralism and the wild and remote alpine and sub-alpine landscapes.
Based on 2019 population estimates there are 19,000 wild horses across the park. There is strong scientific evidence that they are damaging the park's fragile alpine and sub-alpine environment. If the population is not carefully managed, we risk unacceptable impacts to the environment and cultural values of the park.
Finding a balance between protecting the heritage values of the wild horses and the environmental values of the park is challenging but not impossible.
Many individuals and groups across the community have strong, passionate views about the best ways to manage wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.
Community input and informed and respectful debate is always welcome. Unfortunately, in the past, some people have expressed views and opinions on wild horses to Department staff in ways that are not respectful, productive or in line with acceptable community standards. We take a zero-tolerance approach to any interactions, correspondence, or phone calls that are considered harassing or threatening.
Send comments, queries or requests for information about wild horse management to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.