Status Update: The Wild Horses of Canada

Most North Americans have two main and opposing viewpoints when it comes to so-called wild horses. Some want to protect them as indigenous heritage breeds, truly wild by definition, while others believe wild horses are the epitome of feral – once domesticated animals, now living at large, an “exotic” species compromising wildlife habitat and interfering with human activities. Often a push-pull between hearts and minds, we can go from holding up the wild horses as paragons of freedom and independence, to seeing them as roving scoundrels, nuisances on the landscape that need to be eradicated or at least diminished. The arguments and the politics vary widely depending on the location of the horses. Sable Island Soon everyone will know the “definitive story of the Sable Island horses,” said Philip McLoughlin, a University of Saskatchewan population ecologist. He has studied these iconic animals for two decades. For 400 years, the horses have…

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