Posted by: cherylyoung | July 14, 2012

Who wouldn’t be taken away by these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat

BRITISH COLUMBIA’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 ability  to survive the harsh

 region. wildness of these animals.

 Harsh winters and various preditors speak 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.

  

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.

  

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

I would like to thank the photographers who took these

pictures that I borrowed and if they would send me an

email I would gladly add their credits

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