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Further arrest over wild horse shooting

March 3, 2010

A pregnant mare who was shot as she was about to foal.

A young stallion who was shot. Earlier report

A fourth person has now been charged in connection with the shooting of a wild horse in Alberta.

The arrest is the result of ongoing police inquiries into several shootings in the Canadian province.

Since 2007, the bodies of 13 wild horses have been found at various locations in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Sundre.

Although not all could be confirmed as a result of a shooting, several had evidence that a firearm had been involved.

The latest arrest follows the charging last year of two adult males and one male youth in relation to one of the horse deaths, which occurred between May 2009 and October 2009.

Charges were originally laid against Jason Nixon, 29, Earl Anderson, 40, and a 13-year-old youth who cannot be named because of Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act. Police have now also charged 35-year-old Gary Cape, from the Calgary area.

The other three are from the Sundre area.

The cases were called before a judge in Didsbury on Monday. None of the accused appeared in person. The cases were adjourned to March 29, with the Crown yet to decide whether it wants the accused tried together or separately.



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