In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence there have been many people asking after the famous wild horses of the Outer Banks here is what we know:
So far we know that three of the herds of wild horses have been found to be safe and accounted for – this according to organizations caring for them.
However, there is at least one of the herds, that live on one of the still inaccessible barrier islands that have yet to be unaccounted for. Members of the nonprofit Foundation for Shackleford Horses Inc. are working hard to get to them.
The wild horses of Corolla returned safely to the shore after fleeing inland during hurricane Florence, according to a non-profit dedicated to protecting the herd.
More than 100 wild horses moved from the beach to higher ground to seek shelter during the storm, according to Jo Langone, chief operating officer of Corolla Wild Horse Fund.
The Ocracoke ponies on Ocracoke Island were all reported safe, according to Mike Barber, a spokesman for the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.
While the herds in Corolla, the Rachel Carson Reserve and on Cedar Island came through Florence in good shape and are returning to normal life, the well-being of the herd at Shackleford Banks remains uncertain.
Since the passage of the Shackleford Banks Wild Horses Protection Act 20 years ago, the Foundation for Shackleford Horses Inc. and the Park have been worked together preserving and protecting the wild herd on Shackleford.
They continue to be hopeful as other herds of North Carolina’s wild horses came through Hurricane Florence’s tumultuous weather in good condition.
Since the Corolla, Rachel Carson Reserve and Cedar Creek horses are doing well that should be good news for the Shackleford Banks horses, as well.