Shackleford Herd Grew Slightly in 2022

There were 124 wild horses on the island at the end of the year, according to an undated report by the Park Service, up from 121 at the end of 2021.

The growth rate was 2.5%, considerably less than the rate for free-roaming herds in the American west (provided the advocates are not involved).

Thirteen foals were born in 2022, for a birth rate of 10.7%.

Nine horses died.

One of the foals was removed illegally.

The herd was 61% female and 39% male.

The report said that some females are living longer, typical of herds subject to the Montana Solution.

Readers of these pages know that as a euphemism for abnormal sex ratio.

RELATED: Shackleford Herd Grows Slightly in Latest Census.

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