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 represents heritage links to high country pastoralism and the wild and remote alpine and sub-alpine landscapes. They are valued by many Australians.
Based on 2014 population estimates there are 6000 wild horses across the park. Scientific evidence suggests 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 environmental 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 NPWS staff in ways that are not respectful, productive or in line with acceptable community standards. A zero-tolerance approach will be taken to any interactions, correspondence, or phone calls that are considered harassing or threatening.
Comments, queries or requests for information about wild horse management should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and a response will be provided as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.