Wild horse killed by vehicle on the beach north of Corolla

By on June 10, 2018

The remains were buried this morning. (CWHF)

One of the wild horses that roam the Currituck Outer Banks died Saturday night after the mare was struck by a vehicle driving along the beach in the four-wheel drive area north of Corolla.

“She died instantly, and her stallion stayed over her body all night even after she was covered with a tarp,” according to a Facebook post from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which manages the herd.

“Please pay attention when you are driving on the beach at night,” the group said. “Slow down and expect that a horse could be on the beach or running over the dunes at any given moment.”

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The Facebook post noted that the driver of the vehicle involved was a local resident, but no other details have been released.

This is the first vehicle-related death of a wild horse in almost six years. Twenty horses were killed by vehicles between 1985 and 1996 when they still roamed freely between Sanderling and Carova.

A fence was erected in 1997 and the 20 remaining wild Colonial mustangs were herded north of Corolla village. The herd has since grown to around 100 members.

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