Assateague Island Home to 83 Horses

The National Park Service’s population census of the wild horses on Assateague Island revealed 82 horses, and a new foal, bringing the herd total to 83.
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The Maryland herd includes 21 stallions and 61 mares. | Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

The National Park Service’s March 2018 population census of the wild horses on Assateague Island revealed 82 horses. Last Friday, a new foal brought the total to 83.

The total population of the Maryland herd is well within the ideal population range. The herd includes 21 stallions and 61 mares.

Early on April 6, the mare N2BHS-AL (also known as Ms. Macky) gave birth to a sorrel foal. The new foal, N2BHS-ALQ, and band live year-round in the very busy developed area and campgrounds. For this reason, the National Park Service expressly reminds visitors that it is essential to remain a minimum of a bus length (40 feett) away from the wild horses at all times

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