Equine partners saddle up to help protect California's natural resources
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 — Wildlife officers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are turning to an age-old enforcement tool — the horse — to help protect California's natural resources.
While there is no formal mounted patrol unit, some wildlife officers are using their own personal horses for routine patrol in the backcountry. Much like canine partners, horses can see, hear and go places faster and quieter than modern technology. Covering up to 20 miles a day, equine patrols can show up where you least expect them, even in the most adverse conditions.