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NC Wild Horses Mostly Accounted For

Four horses stand on the beach of Shackleford Banks on Monday, September 24, ten days after Hurricane Florence. Photo: NPS

COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA —  Horse censuses are ongoing on Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore officials announced Tuesday.

The Foundation for Shackleford Horses and a National Park Service volunteer completed the first post-hurricane census on Monday, according to a post on social media. “Initial reports are positive — the herd survived. Horses identified are logged, but those not located will remain on the roll until sighted or determined missing. Additional information on the herd will continue to be developed in the coming months.”

The herd on Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort also fared well. All of the wild horses were accounted for Sept. 18, and in good condition, according to a the reserve.

The News & Observer reported Friday that the Corolla wild herd had no known losses. The herd is managed by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. The farm where 18 wild horses that have been removed from the herd because of illness, injury or habituation had no damage.

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