The WPM Remote Wildlife Vaccine Delivery System is a patented, groundbreaking approach to achieving population goals in wild and feral animals in the most humane, safe and efficient manner possible, one that preserves species and habitats. Our patented system is designed to deliver vaccines and contraceptives, monitor health, track locations, and capture critical data on individual animals and their management.
The core of the WPM system is the Hub, a high-tech command center that attracts the targeted species with their preferred feed. Most animals are comfortable with the Hub in 24 hours.
WPM’s cameras capture every angle of the animal to identify gender, support and verify RFID microchip and vaccine delivery. All video is recorded, stored and available for download.
Animals are implanted with an RFID microchip while feeding in the Hub. The chip’s unique ID number enables data collection, individual tracking, health monitoring, and alerts for booster vaccines.
Birth control and other vaccines are delivered to the animal while in the Hub via a low velocity dart, which startles, but does not stop the animal from feeding. The darts are tethered for ease of disposal.
The system is supported by solar power and satellite communications for 24/7 operability. Operators anywhere in the world can send commands and retrieve data and video remotely.
We are currently developing facial recognition technology for wild horses. This would be a less invasive, more cost-effective alternative to RFID chipping.
We are a band of scientists, engineers, ranch managers, and outdoor enthusiasts who are dedicated to creating wildlife management solutions that respect all stakeholders, especially the animals.
Each year, the U.S. free-roaming horse population increases by an average of 20 percent, which is environmentally and financially unsustainable. WPM’s Remote Wildlife Vaccination Management System has the potential to dramatically improve population management of wild and feral horses through a more effective, safe vaccination program and by eliminating the stress and expense of helicopters and roundups.
Growing up on the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, I watched my grandfather, who had a sixth grade education and deep knowledge of ecology based on native traditions, care for the land. He said, ‘If I don’t take care of mother earth, she won’t take care of my animals or my family.’ Now, it is up to us to manage the land. We’re challenged by the overpopulation of free-roaming horses, which is turning parts of the pueblo’s lands into uninhabitable desert. There has been so much degradation to the land, which impacts other wildlife and our way of life that I am hopeful about the humane system developed by Wildlife Protection Management. We need all the help we can get.