Two Arrested for Shooting Assateague Wild Horse

Shooting happened in January

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 3:07 PM EDT
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The National Park Service says two people have been charged in the fatal shooting of an Assateague Island wild horse during a public deer hunt.

Officials said Tuesday that an Easton, Md., resident has been charged with four violations for shooting the 28-year-old female horse during a public deer hunt in January, and a second person from Preston, Md., was charged with knowingly giving a false or fictitious report.

Each violation carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. The individuals were not identified.

There are more than 300 wild ponies on Assateague, a barrier island that straddles the Maryland-Virginia line. Every summer on the Virginia side of the island, the ponies are rounded up and swim
across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague, where foals are  auctioned off.

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