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Free roaming horses

The free roaming horse project is on the agenda for this week's RDOS board meeting.

The staff recommendation is that the board of directors continue to support the Free Roaming Horse Resolution Project partnership with the Penticton Indian Band by authorizing an expenditure of up to $8,000 for wages from the Electoral Area F Rural Projects Contingency account.

The regional district is also seeking a partnership with the District of Summerland to contribute to the program.

Over the past decade, conflicts between the horses and residents of West Bench, Sage Mesa, Summerland, Kaleden and south along Highway 3A have surfaced causing distress to residents, local government and agencies.

Reaction to the issue has cost the RDOS a significant amount of money. It is conservatively estimated that they, together with the PIB, have spent $56,000 on the issue since 2009.

Further information on background on this issue is available on the RDOS website.

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