Wild Horse Found Shot

By as published in the Calgary Sun

“These horses have been so marginalized.”

Wild horses looking fat and furry along the Red Deer River west of Sundre, Alberta, on January 11, 2012. MIKE DREW/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY

RCMP say a wild horse found dead west of Sundre appears to have been shot — the first one since 2009 to have possibly died that way.

Wayne Chicoine of Red Deer said he was stalking the wild horses with his camera last Friday when he came upon the dead bay mare off a lease road just north of Hwy. 584.

“There was a fresh blood trail of about 50 yards and fresh tracks — it looked like it happened a day before,” said Chicoine, adding he’s found several dead wild horses in the area over the past decade.

“I don’t think it’s right.”

Mounties are treating the horse’s demise as suspicious and are awaiting a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

There doesn’t appear to be any link between previous horse shootings and this one, said Cpl. Ryan Hodge of Sundre RCMP.

“There’s no suggestion of that in the least — the last confirmed horse shooting was in 2009,” he said.

A roundup of wild horses in the area has recently wound down after trapping about a dozen of only 200 animals the province had planned to capture to minimize the animals’ environmental impact.

While she’s happy to see the end of this year’s roundup, animal radvocate Anita Virginillo said all measurs must be taken to punish the culprit in the latest horse slaying.

“It’s horrible — I hope they find who’s responsible and use the full extent of the law,” said Virginillo of the Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort .

“These horses have been so marginalized.”

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19 comments on “Wild Horse Found Shot

  1. It’s the same element found in our own wild horse killings.do they ever find the perpetrator? No! If they do,.laws Saar do lax that nothing I is done! I mankind a his own worst enemy…

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  2. Not Murdering a horse isnt bad enough in itself, these people or persons are sick in the mind , and wouldnt think twice of doing this to another person , this is practice for a sick derange mind !!!!!

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  3. That Horse didn’t die immediately. It’s no telling how long she suffered first. Reasoning and compassionate people don’t kill living creatures just for sport, just for target practice or just because they’re there.

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    Retired rancher Darrell Glover says he travelled to the area to help some friends pack up their camp site.

    “We chatted with the RCMP at the time and asked how close we were allowed to get to the site,” says Glover. “We didn’t get a satisfactory answer as to how close we could get.”

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  6. Just a thought… if the gov’t. insists these horses are not wildlife but livestock, isn’t there some penalty for killing and wasting livestock? If not considered livestock but gov’t. owned wildlife, then at least in the states there are rules and penalties for “wanton waste.” Since Canadians evidently support horse slaughter for food, there is at least a shred of argument for wasting meat here, and legal consequences.

    The “limbo” status of wild horses needs to be resolved in both our countries. Here, we have the HSUS mostly keeping out of the captive wild horse situation since they are not privately owned livestock. They also can do nothing when they are in the wild, since they are managed by the Gov’t. The horses always lose because they are legally not quite wildlife, nor private property. This third world for them has fatal consequences, as we see yet again in this article.

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  7. Gender? Location? Presence or lack of similar observable traits like size, color, coat length, coat fineness? size? coat color patterns?

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  8. Such a lack of respect for our wild life period. Who ever has done this must be held accountable. I am so sick of hearing about hate killings. Our animals are suffering at an alarming rate. HSUS is staying out of the wild horse mess. I wish they were more involved and more caring towards our wild horses, sad but true. Horses must be treasured and loved. They have a right to freedom and life not death by a bullet. What a shame this keeps on happening.

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    • You are so right Judith , The BLM needs to get a Damn Clue and so does HSUS”””””””’ We are the ONLY ones that Can Help them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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