Cross-posted from TheHorse.com
Written by Christa Lesté-Lasserre
A Canadian logging company wants the number of free-roaming horses in Alberta reduced, but a Canadian wild horse advocacy group argues that the company’s complaints against the horses are unfounded.
Sundre Forest Products’ spokesperson Tom Daniels said the herds have grown too numerous for the area, are destroying young seedling trees, and are sometimes even aggressive toward forest workers, CBC News Canada reported.
But Bob Henderson, president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society, based in Olds, Alberta, said the horses are causing no harm and are living harmoniously with nature.
“The information being put out by the logging conglomerates is basically a fabrication based on lack of facts or scientific evidence,” Henderson said.
He said the number of free-roaming horses–550 according to his estimates–is well within the limits of the million-acre-plus grazing area capacity.
The claims that the horses are aggressive are also questionable, according to Henderson. “In my years of spending time with the wild horses I have never found one that could even remotely be called ferocious,” he said, adding that stallions often “bluff”–by snorting, blowing, and starting to charge before stopping–to protect their herds.
Sundre Forest Products could not be reached for comment. It is unknown what, if any, action will be taken on the situation. Read full report >>