Feral horse reduction proposed for Cumberland

September 16, 2015  |  Ear to the Sand

Today Cumberland Island superintendent Gary Ingram announced plans to reduce the number of feral horses roaming Cumberland Island.

The horses, which have a limited gene pool, are not in good health. They compete with deer and other native animals for a limited food and freshwater.  They graze throughout the island, including on the sea oats that stabilize the dunes and on cordgrass in the marshes. Many are diseased, starving, and suffering.

The park will consider keeping a small herd fenced in on the south end for visitors. Ingram also said that he is willing to consider using horses for transportation and patrols on the island.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the feral horse plan in the coming months. Read the full story here.



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