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Wild horses have many passionate supporters but others 
say they overgraze pastures and can pose a disease threat.

A big test for Alberta’s wild horses

Advocates who want to save the animals hope DNA testing will prove they qualify as native to the province

Are Alberta’s wild horses native to the province or just domestic horses gone feral? A new DNA testing initiative aims to settle that question, and potentially end the battle over the wild horse cull. “We’re trying to determine if there are any special genetics among the wildies of the eastern slopes so we can decide […] Read more

A family of three horses was captured using Bryn Thiessen’s permit. These horses are being gentled, in the hopes that they will be adopted in the future.

Wild horse capture over, but opponents vow to fight on

No decisions made about contraception program to reduce horse numbers or cull in 2015

The wild horse cull has ended, but not the controversy. Just 15 horses were captured — a small fraction of the 196 allowed under permits issued by the province. This year’s short season was likely a factor, said a government spokesperson. Legislation allows the capture season to run from Nov. 1 to March 1, but […] Read more


The province has issued permits to capture up to 196 wild horses, which roam from the Kananaskis to north of Nordegg.

Accusations fly as battle over wild horse cull heats up

Backers of cull say the rising number of wild horses is damaging sensitive rangeland, 
but critics say it is inhumane and there are better alternatives

This year’s cull of wild horses has become ugly. Critics have launched an intense campaign, and its most well-known member — renowned singer Jann Arden — is alleging a rancher given the permit to capture the wild horses is a beneficiary of political favouritism. But permit holder Jason Bradley says he’s been personally threatened and […] Read more