By Bryan Weismiller, Calgary Herald May 6, 2013
Alberta’s surging wild horse population has ranchers pushing the province to lift the temporary suspension of its selective slaughter program.
The latest count shows a 25 per cent year-over-year increase in the animals since public outcry halted the annual cull last year.
“It’s concerning,” said Sundre-area cattle rancher Jim Bowhay, who fears feral horses will overrun neighbouring pastures and invade his rangeland.
Bowhay already estimates paying up to $30,000 a year in extra costs related to wildlife grazing on grass intended for his livestock.
“Give it two or three years,” Bowhay said. “They grow in a hurry.
“That’s our livelihood, it ups our cost of production — it makes it tough.”
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