Apparently an individual in Oliver, Canada, has taken it upon himself to construct a pen to capture local feral horses. The pen is near Mt. Baldy on McCuddy Creek Road and was constructed by Aaron Stelkia. This newly-built fencing was put up at the end of last month but some of Oliver’s residents are not very pleased about this trap for the wild horses. The Oliver Chronicle sourced this story on Feb. 13 and some of Oliver’s locals are not very pleased about their wild horses getting trapped.
This fenced enclosure was originally reported by June Delitsikos who discovered it, stocked with lots of hay, next to her own property. Delitsikos is an avowed horse lover who enjoys seeing the horses, watching them and feeding them. She has been supplementing feed for the feral horses for years. This horse trap has her totally upset because Stelkia plans to sell some of the horses to slaughter [or perhaps all of them?].
The Chronicle acknowledges that it has tried repeatedly to contact Stelkia who is a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band, but could not reach him. However, according to information obtained, he told another source that he intends “to regulate the [horse] population.” Per Stelkia, the drought and lack of grass was the reason so many horses were starving.
Some may go for slaughter, some may go for people who want to buy a yearling or baby, and some will be kept.
There are many residents in Oliver that love having the horses in their area and insist they be left alone. Yet others consider the feral horses a nuisance because, on occasion, they have found their way onto a road. Some claim say the horses are destructive to property.
While some of the horses appear thin, Delitsikos has become very fond of them especially since she has been putting out food. Delitsikos has been feeding the feral horses for over ten years and has known many of them for 14 or more years. She is really disturbed by Stelkia’s horse trapping and slaughter plans. According to the Chronicle, Delitsikos says, “Aaron has never tried to help them whatsoever . . . then he’s just decided to claim them. They wouldn’t even be left alive to slaughter today; if it was up to him, they would have starved to death.”
According to Stelkia who belongs to the Osoyoos, the wild horses are on “traditional territory.” He believes this gives him the right to simply round them up and dispose of them.
Locals argue that the horses are healthy. They feel that the wild horses should be left alone or treated more humanely.