Wild horses won't drag us down

Wild horses roam around Apex Mountain.
Image Credit: Jason Frank/RDOS

PENTICTON - The Penticton Indian Band is working to tame hundreds of wild horses that roam their expansive lands, and often cause safety issues.

Band Council is working with the community, Penticton City Council and the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen, among others, to construct an efficient and cost effective plan that will keep the horses from roaming onto highways.

Just this week, a wild horse had to be rescued from waters after it got stuck in the current

PIB council council counted nearly 600 horses on their land this year. Coun. Dolly Kruger said there is concern the wild horse population will continue to grow if action isn’t taken.

In addition to the increasing numbers, the horses continually wander on the surrounding highways,  posing a threat to themselves and drivers, Kruger said. The first priority is to build a fence along band land to contain the horses on the property, she said.

Council is collecting surveys sent to band members about the best control methods for the horses. Kruger said PIB council will continue to work with the community and Penticton and Summerland officials to find a solution for the wild animals.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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