ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) — A wild stallion has been struck and killed by a car on the Maryland side of Assateague Island.

The National Park Service said in a statement Friday that the horse was hit on a causeway near a bridge. Park law enforcement officials are investigating and will determine if charges should be filed against the driver.

The 18-year-old stallion was named Jester. He was often seen around the causeway. More than 30 horses have been killed on seashore roads since 1982. And more than half have been killed on the causeway near the bridge.

Officials are warning motorists on Assateague to be aware of the horses and to obey speed limits.

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  1. Maryland needs to take a more pro-active stance on protecting these animals. Put in speed bumps in the area where so many horses have been killed by cars. Station police there. Put in speed cameras. Something must be done that is more successful at protecting these animals than simply saying, “Slow Down!”

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