Visitors Warned Not to Feed Wild Horses


Investigation is underway after a 7-year-old-girl was kicked or stepped on August 17 on Wild Horse Island.

The following is portion of an article from Valley Journal:

by Berl Tiskus

POLSON — After a 7-year-old girl was either kicked or stepped on by wild horses on Wild Horse Island Aug. 17, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officials are investigating the incident. 

The girl was feeding the horse some fruit when the incident happened. 

“This is not the first time those horses saw some apples,” said Dave Landstrom, Region 1 Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Director. “I think, just more generally, there has been some conditioning done.” 

There have been wild horses on the island since it became a park in the late 1970s, but “this is the first time we’ve had an issue,” Landstrom said, “and it’s directly due to feeding the animals.”

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Source:  Valley Journal

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