Posted by: cherylyoung | February 19, 2012

Day 12 Glimpse B.C’s wild horses

Day 12 of things to do things to do in B.C

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Day 12  GLIMPSE B.C.’S WILD HORSES

Anyone who has seen a powerful herd of wild horses galloping across the Chilcotin’s amber meadows, their nostrils, flared, manes flowing, cannot doubt the wildness of these animals.

Their ability to survive the regions.

Harsh winters and various predator speaks to their strength.

Local aboriginals , who have been capturing and domesticating wild horses for generations, say these animals are among the fastest and wiliest in their territory.

Without a skilled local guide, visitors would be unlikely to find them in the remote backcountry.

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It’s. easier to sneak up on a moose or deer in the wild than a horse,” says TL”etinqox-t:in chief Joe Alsphone of the more than 3.500 strong Tsilhoqot” in nation.

An aerial survey conducted by the province in 2008 counted 442 wild horses in three known range areas, covering roughly 1,500 square kilometers of the 29,000-square kilometer Chilcotin forest District.

The horses are most frequently observed on the road between the Nemaiah Valkley and the Stone First nation lands.

The wildest ones are a good day’s hike away in the 1,550-square-kilometre Brittany Triangle, an area defined by the Chilko River on the west, Taseko River on the east and Nemaiah Valley and south Chilcotin Range to the south.

The Triangle is a core area with the Elegesi Qiyus Wild Horse Preserve declared by the Xeni Gwet:in First Nation in 2002.

The horses, considered feral rather than wild, have no legal protection under the provincial Wildlife Act.

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The debate continues as to whether the Chilcotin’s wild horses are decendants of original stock the Spanish brought to North America centuries ago, or more recently escaped ranch animals, or a combination of both.

Whatever its true lineage, the horse had worked its way up the continent prior to the arrival of Simon Fraser, the first European explorer to the Chilcotin region two centuries age.

Info 250-394-7023:  www.xenigwetin.com   www.fonv.ca   www.olandwithoutlimits.com

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

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