Posted by: cherylyoung | March 18, 2013

To catch a glimpse of B.C’s Wild Horses, would be a blessing of a lifetime


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.


  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 2

9,000-square kilometer Chilcotin forest District. 


 The horses are most frequently observed on the road b

etween 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.


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