Just before the very cold weather hit we squeezed in an easy snowshoe trip to a viewpoint off Hwy. 549. Starting at the K Country boundary, we pushed snow to Threepoint Creek, which was well frozen, took Curly Sand trail to the meadow junction, then climbed 9999 trail to the pass. All the way we were following the deep tracks of something — tracks so narrow we had to work hard to widen the trail in the deep snow.
Looking NW from Sinnot Hill.
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The mustangs of Mustang Hills.
We are appalled that the Alberta Government is again issuing capture permits for wild horses on public land along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. It appears that the main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds is from grazing lease holders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. Bob Henderson, president of the Wildhorse Society of Alberta (WHOA) was told by Don Livingston, a land manager with ESRD out of Rocky Mountain House, that forage is considered 50% for cattle and 50% for wildlife. No percentage for horses. When Bob stated, “this falls back to a cattle issue”, Don Livingston, confirmed with, “yes, it does”. ESRD’s position is 0% grass for the wild horses? [click to continue…]