Feral horse census at Cape Lookout NS shows flat population trend

Low birth rates and high mortality rates are combining to keep the growth of the horse herd at Cape Lookout National Seashore flat, according to the seashore's annual horse census.

The report, which covers the period of April 2011 through March 2012, placed the size of the herd on Shackleford Banks at 109. The population is generally managed between 110 and 130 horses, but the birth rate was lower and mortality higher than average/anticipated/expected this past year, the report said.

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