Kamloops: RCMP say they are investigating suspicious deaths of several wild horses.
Officials say on March 10, Tk’emlups Rural RCMP received a report of several horses killed on BC crown land, north of Walhachin. It is approximately 65 km west of Kamloops.
According to the RCMP, investigators were led to the specific location, where it was confirmed 17 horses had recently been shot. They appeared to be from a herd of feral (wild) horses which frequent this area.
The RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section carefully examined the scene, along with a veterinarian, and a BC-RCMP Livestock Investigator.
Officials say the motive behind this disheartening act cannot be confirmed at this point. However, investigators will continue to collect and examine everything available.
It is acknowledged that these horses are of cultural significance to the local Skeetchestn Band.