Wild Horse Shot in Outer Banks

Investigators are searching for information on the shooting death of a pregnant wild horse found Dec. 27, 2005, on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, N.C. A resident found the 2-year-old shot in the stomach, said the Currituck County Sheriff's Office.

Donna and Gene Snow, former co-directors of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), mounted a search operation, concerned additional horses might be found shot.

"The last time this happened (2001), we found four others (shot) within about a half-mile radius of the initial horse (using a helicopter)," said Donna Snow. Luckily, this was an isolated incident.

The CWHF maintains about 60 wild horses of Spanish descent north of Corolla. They are allowed to roam the 400 acres of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, but sometimes venture into neighboring communities. The Fund manages the herd's population by holding annual adoptions.

In 2001, residents found four horses and a mule shot to death. The CWHF received $8,576 in donations for a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved with the 2001 shootings. An additional fund has been established for a reward for information on this new shooting. As of Feb. 8, there have been no arrests made in either case.

Anyone with information on either case should call the Currituck County Sheriff's Office at 252/453-8204. For more information on Corolla Wild horses see www.corollawildhorses.com.

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