MD: ASSATEAGUE: Wild horse shot during deer hunt
ASSATEAGUE: Wild horse shot during deer hunt
January 20, 2011
BERLIN — Assateague park officials said a wild horse was apparently shot
during a two-day deer hunt. The horse was a 28-year-old bay mare, Assateague
Island National Seashore officials said, and park rangers are looking into
who may have shot the horse.
“Regardless of whether the shooting was accidental or not, the failure to
report the incident violates National Park Service regulations and we intend
to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Chief Ranger Ted Morlock
said in a news release. The statement said a hunter found the dead animal on
Jan. 15 and reported it to park rangers the next day.
Park officials allow several gun-hunting seasons a year to control the
barrier island’s deer population, but do not permit the hunting of its wild
horses, instead using contraceptives to keep their population on the
Maryland side to about 125 animals.
The National Park Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible individual. Persons
with information about the incident should contact Chief Ranger Morlock at
410-629-6055, or by email at [email protected] All information provided
may remain confidential.
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