Leave the wild horses alone, and stay off the dunes

Climbing on dunes and approaching wild horses are both illegal. [CWHF photo]

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, tasked with caring for the band of Spanish mustangs roaming the northern Currituck Outer Banks, posted a photo Monday of people on top of sand dunes approaching horses.

“Folks, this is not ok. These people are too close to the horses and they’re damaging our dunes. Both are illegal,” the CWHF said in the Facebook post. “If you are here for the week or visiting for the day, please be respectful and follow the rules. The horse in this picture is young, and easily habituated.”

The Outer Banks herd of about 100 wild horses lost a yearling colt this summer after someone fed him an apple and he suffered a slow and painful death.

“Please don’t let it happen again,” the CWHF pleaded. “Please, please educate yourselves before you visit. We don’t often have to post reminders like this over the winter, but 2020 continues to throw us all curve balls.”

Approaching and feeding the Outer Banks wild horses is illegal and local authorities do enforce the law. Click here for more information.

If you see someone approaching for feeding the horses, call Currituck County non-emergency dispatch at 252-232-2216.

This story originally appeared on OBXToday.com. Read More local stories here.