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Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3014
Harkers Island, NC – The annual findings report on the Shackleford Banks horses has been released by Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Foundation for Shackleford Horses.This report, covering the calendar year 2013, is available on the park's website at https://go.nps.gov/1mco9a.
Highlights for 2013 include:
- The year started with 105 horses and ended with 107.
- Nine foals were born and 7 horses, including one of the foals, died.
- The only 30-year-old mare in 2012 died, but another mare reached 30 years of age in 2013.
- All eight of the horses 20 years of age or older are females.
- No contraception for population control or removal was needed in 2013 because the population is below the legislated 120-130 range.
- Approximately 5 to 10 births are anticipated in 2014 based on past years' trends.
- The Foundation has horses available for adoption from previous removals.
For further information, contact Dr. Sue Stuska, Wildlife Biologist, at Cape Lookout National Seashore, (252) 728-2250, extension 3017, or Carolyn S. Mason, Chairman and President, Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc., (252) 728-6308.For horse adoption information, contact Anita Kimball at (252) 241-5222 or Joy Lawrence, evenings, at (252) 728-7111.