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Colville Tribes plans to remove feral horses from their reservation


Corralled feral horses on a February 2015 roundup east of Nespelem. - Scott Hunter photo

The Colville Tribes plans to remove between 1,000 and 1,500 feral horses from the reservation between January and March of 2019.

In 2015, 422 feral horses were removed in a similar effort using an "aerial capture" method that uses a helicopter to help round up the large mammals.

Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife aerial counts showed a wild-horse population count of 148 in 2007, 309 in 2009, 723 in 2010, and 1,500 in 2014, according to the "Colville Tribes Integrated Resource Management Plan" cited in a Dec. 7 Tribal Tribune report.

In the tribe's request for proposals on the project, whic...

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