March 11, 2013 - 11:24 AM
By Shannon Quesnel
A logging truck is suspected to have badly injured a pair of wild horses on Friday morning on Highway 97, north of Penticton.
Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said the driver of the truck was never caught or identified. A witness had called the police about the event.
When RCMP officers arrived the two horses were badly injured and had to be shot and killed. Government highway workers were called to haul away the animal carcasses.
The sergeant said wild horses are usually less of a problem than deer. He added since there is still snow on the hills the horses have come down looking for grass and other plants to eat. Some of them might be owned while others are wild or feral.
“There's lots of controversy to it. People will say they belong to the Indian band and they should be fenced in.”
He said drivers need to pay attention. Unlike deer, horses will not run across or jump into traffic. They instead amble along the side of the highway and occasionally attempt to cross.
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