A service horse shot dead on a Parks Canada ranch in west-central Alberta

SUNDRE, Alta. – RCMP investigates the shooting death of a service horse from Parks Canada on a ranch in west-central Alberta.

Soldiers say the horse was killed on the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch, where horses are trained for use by Parks Canada staff who patrol and protect national parks in Western Canada.

Police say the 20-year-old quarter-horse was shot by someone with a high-powered rifle sometime between Saturday and Monday.

Sundre RCMP says it is an alcove season and the remote area is commonly used by hunters.

Investigators believe this may have been the accident of someone who confused the horse with a toy animal.

The Ya Ha Tinda is privately owned and managed by Parks Canada and is the only federally operated workhorse ranch in Canada.

Parks Canada staff could not be immediately contacted for comment.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 18, 2021


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