WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The National Park Service completed its May 2019 population census of wild horses on Assateague Island.
The total population of the Maryland herd is currently 76 horses, including 21 stallions and 55 mares.READ MORE: More Than 1,000 Students In Quarantine In Anne Arundel County; County Executive Supports Vaccine Mandate For All Students
There was one birth and one death documented during the census. The one death was as a result of a natural event.
A 31-year-old sorrel mare N6BM had a broken hind leg as a result of a fight with another horse. A visitor observed the fight and reported the incident.READ MORE: Residents & Business Owners Question The Future Of The Inner Harbor's Gallery Mall
The mare was humanely euthanized without delay.
The National Park Service completes a full census of the horse population in Maryland in February, March, May, July, September and November.MORE NEWS: Shortage In COVID Testing Kits Driving Up Lab-Based Demand
The Assateague Island horses are managed as a wildlife population and roam over about 27 miles of the island.