B.C. pays First Nation to round up wild horses for auction at ‘meat prices’

Researchers says that there is no evidence the program will benefit moose

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver SunMay 6, 2013 10:10 AM

Wild horses along a road in the Penticton region

Wild horses along a road in the Penticton region

The province paid $73,000 to a Chilcotin First Nation for a moose-enhancement program that included rounding up 14 wild horses and selling them for meat at auction — even though research in the region suggests there is little competition between moose and horses for forage.

The money was also used to train aboriginals how to trap wolves, to conduct a survey of moose kills by native hunters, and to decommission logging roads in an effort to reduce vehicle access for hunting.

 Kristen Johnny, spokeswoman for the Tl’etinqox First Nation at Alexis Creek, said the moose-enhancement program ran from October 2012 to March 2013 and that band members rounded up 14 wild horses and herded them into a specially built corral.

 “They compete for the same grazing,” she said. “There’s a lot of horses out there. They were then taken to the auction in Williams Lake.”

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  1. Allison · ·

    I honestly don’t think that First Nations people would approve of having these horses slaughtered. It makes me wonder if they were even told the truth about what would happen to the horses? Or…they did it for money which would be extremely disappointing to hear.

  2. jean robertson · ·

    The Indians were smarter than the government. They were paid some $73,000 for rounding up their own horses.

  3. How could they do that to the horses. I would never do that for any amount of money.

  4. Barbara Griffith · ·

    Its the same thing that is going on in the US. The BLM claims the mustangs are starving and have to be rounded up and stockpiled in government pens and fed at taxpayer expense. Then when you take a look at the thousands of acres of public land after the horses are gone and it is feeding thousands of sheep and cattle. Keep in mind to that the ranchers in the US hate the wild horses claiming they are all feral and should not be on the range to start with. But there has been many studies that proves that the horse is native to North America. They evolved in this part of the world along with camels and other animals. Their bones have been found in tar pits that was 50,000 years old. No one knows why the horse went extinct 12,000 years ago, but if it had not grazed across the Bering Strait during the last Ice Age when there was no water covering this area and moved on into Asia the horse would have become extinct like many other Ice Age animals at that time. If both animals, horses and camels, had not been able to migrate the only thing known about them would be their fossils.

  5. Dennis Davey · ·

    If the Govt. in all its wisdom claims, there is no SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH on the side of stopping this round up for slaughter, what SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH are they using to continue with rounding up Horses for slaughter.
    First Nations and rancher OPINION IS NOT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.

  6. What ever happened to the Indian that loved and respected nature? I guess he got bought by the government! I think that Indian got rounded-up and slaughtered. This new Indian just wants government money – shame on you!

  7. Anne Streeter · ·

    Just more on the “fallacy of wildlife management” – dumb, dumb and dumber! Nothing about this makes sense!

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