An ‘aggressive’ horse on the island of Maryland has been moved to the Texas Wildlife Sanctuary
ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Maryland. – A feral horse that became “extremely aggressive” with staff and visitors at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland has been moved to a wildlife preserve in Texas, National Park Service officials said Monday.
Park Service officials said the harem stallion Delegate’s Pride, also known as Chip, became aggressive with people foraging for human food or with staff redirecting him or his group away crowds, The Daily Times reported. He is transferred to the Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.
Since 2017, the horse has been involved in more than half of incidents that resulted in injury to visitors and is resisting efforts to keep horses away from potentially dangerous situations, the park service said.
Once a wild animal learns to associate people with food, reversing the behavior can be difficult and elimination often becomes the only option, officials said. Visitors are asked to protect the horses by following rules such as never feeding wildlife, staying at least 40 feet from horses, and storing food in vehicles or under picnic tables.
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