The incident occurred on April 12, while the animal was sedated, according to a report by WITN News of Greenville, NC.
Western Horse Watchers was unable to find an acknowledgment at the Cape Lookout news page.
The transfer would support the genetic viability and health at Rachel Carson.
Similar moves are carried out on rangelands in the American west, to boost genetic viability while keeping herd sizes small, a nod to the public-lands ranchers.
Genetic diversity can also be improved by allowing herd sizes to grow, exactly what the ranchers don’t want.
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UPDATE: Park Service has acknowledged the loss.