Three wild horses found shot in Alberta

On Tuesday, April 28th three wild horses were found shot to death in the foothills of Alberta, Canada. The latest victims were a pregnant mare, her yearling colt and a young stud. The colt was shot in the chest and ran up a hill for about 100 feet before collapsing. The stud had been shot in his stomach, and suffered a long, agonizing death. His head was caught between two trees when he fell. The mare looked ready to foal within a day or two, and appeared to have gone into labour after she was shot as her birthing sack was visible when she was found.

Horsealive On Tuesday, April 28th three wild horses were found shot to death in the foothills of Alberta, Canada. The latest victims were a pregnant mare, her yearling colt and a young stud. The colt was shot in the chest and ran up a hill for about 100 feet before collapsing. The stud had been shot in his stomach, and suffered a long, agonizing death. His head was caught between two trees when he fell. The mare looked ready to foal within a day or two, and appeared to have gone into labour after she was shot as her birthing sack was visible when she was found.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and wildlife authorities are investigating the killings. They believe the horses were shot from a nearby road with a high-powered rifle.

The winners of IFAW Canada’s 2008 Wildlife Protection Award, Bob and Doreen Henderson of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society (WHOAS) serve to protect these wild horses and lobby the provincial government to enact legislation to better protect them. The death of these last three raises the total to 28 wild horses found shot in Alberta since the formation of WHOAS in 2002. For Bob and Doreen, this type of scene is all too familiar.

WHOAS, with several other animal welfare organizations in Alberta, is offering a reward of $25,000 CDN for information leading to arrest of the person(s) responsible for the shooting. For more information and to find out what you can do to help, click here.

Photo: Bob Henderson

Comments: 4

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

What is wrong with people? Why, why in the world would anyone want to do this. Sometimes I hate to admit I am a human being when we do such horrible things to our animal friends!!!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

The only overpopulated animal on this planet is humans and we are taking over wild habitats. Killing horses is not the answer and killing them like this barbaric. Did these 3 horses really deserve to be shot and killed for any reason or any other animal not used for food. NO.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

What is wrong with people!!!??? It takes a sick individual to do such a thing. When caught they should go to jail.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Why are they shooting wild horses are they too much in the area? Maybe the government here should try to give them away rather than shoot them.
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