Members of the Penticton Indian Band want to contain the free roaming horses on their land but perimeter fences continue to be deliberately cut.

The Chief and Council said in a media release issued today, Nov. 25, that PIB Guardians and AIM Roads have been reporting the incidents regularly since since last year.

“This is a criminal act which the Penticton Indian Band First Nations RCMP are pursuing,” the Band said in the release. “These reckless and senseless activities put the public and the horses at unnecessary and unacceptable risk.”

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Remote cameras have been installed and patrols have increased.

“Anyone caught on these PIB lands deliberately carrying out these irresponsible acts will be charged accordingly,” the Band said.

The Band works with the Ministry of Transportation and AIM Roads to make sure cattle guards and access points are in good repair, the release says.

If you have witnessed these activities or have information on the individual or individuals responsible for cutting fences you're asked to contact PIB Lands Manager, Joan Phillip, at 250-493-0048.

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