ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-0000-2020-0001-EA (Oocyte Growth Factor Vaccine Study.)  
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office in cooperation with United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) announces the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to disclose and analyze the environmental consequences of a proposed population growth suppression study that would test the contraceptive effects of an oocyte growth factor vaccine.
The action is needed in order to determine whether the one-dose oocyte growth factor vaccine could be a reliable, long-lasting fertility control method for future BLM wild horse and burro herd management actions that aim to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance. The purpose of the action is to test, in wild horses, the efficacy of a vaccine against two oocyte growth factors, where the vaccine has been formulated to cause long-lasting contraception from a single dose.

The BLM continues to invest in a diverse portfolio of research projects to develop new, modern technologies and methods for wild horse and burro management. The research is aimed at finding safe and effective ways to slow the population growth rate and reduce the need to remove animals from public lands. The studies are in response to a 2013 recommendation from the National Academy of Science to develop new or improve existing population growth suppression methods for wild horses and is in accordance with The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

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