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Cattle guard is gone

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure removed the Bartlett cattle guard today.  We asked on behalf of some residents but it was MoTI's decision.

The cattle guard was completely unnecessary due to the PIB's new fence configuration and cattle guard adjacent to the Westhills Aggregates entrance (see previous posting).  Ours was a cattle guard with no fence attached to it. It did absolutely zero to stop the horses.  Instead it was just a nuisance for motorists, cyclists, and nearby residents alike.

On the positive side, it served as a pretty effective speed bump and waker-upper (especially on frosty mornings if you hit it while still cornering).  Hopefully folks will continue to moderate their speed as they approach the intersection with Lambert.

Great sorrow for the horses

Dear Editor:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this.

A few weeks ago approximately 45 of the West Bench horses were rounded up. Thankfully some of the horses and foals were sold to caring homes, but many were sold as bucking stock and the

remaining unsold horses were shipped to slaughter.

For reasons I will never understand, this sale was not advertised or announced in any way. It seems that the whole event was mostly a secret with only a few people told. 

September 2015 update on the horse problem

I have received many complaints in the last few weeks about the very large herd wandering the West Bench recently.  And, when looking at this site, I see that my last update on the horse problem was a year ago.  So what has happened in the past year?

On the surface not much.  But under the surface there has been some significant progress within the PIB to address this issue.

First some background: When talking to people (often upset people) about the horse issue, they inevitably point out that the RDOS or the PIB should "do something."   Fair enough.  But the problem, as I have pointed out in the past, is that it is not obvious to me what this "something" should be.  At bottom, the situation boils down to this:

The new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive

Residents of Westwood Properties and Husula Highlands will have noticed a new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive.  A special prize for anyone who can spot the problem with this particular installation. I have provided a hint in the photo below:

To be clear:

Election 2014: West Bench candidates spar over fences

Mending fences with Penticton and building fences to keep out feral horses were among the themes Thursday at an all-candidates forum on the West Bench.

Incumbent Michael Brydon and challenger Ronald Johnson, who are running to represent Area F on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, squared off in front of about 50 people inside the community’s school library

Brydon, a university professor seeking a third term as director, told the crowd he’s running on his track record and will take direction from voters about what his priorities should be.

South Okanagan wild horse issue will only get worse

Almost at the same time public officials were discussing the increasing problem of free roaming horses, one of the animals had to be euthanized after being hit by a car Friday.

The incident happened about 8 a.m. on Highway 97 near Old Airport Road just south of the city.

Penticton RCMP were notified by a third party about the accident and several cars attended the scene, and the young horse, which apparently suffered serious leg injuries, was shot.

Horse killed on highway

From Theresa Nolet:

I was informed on Saturday that a horse had been hit on the hiway just north of the entrance to the Skaha Hills development. Apparently it was reported being hit on Friday Morning Sept 26 at approximately 7 a.m. The RCMP responded and had to shoot the horse as it was still alive. I went to the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 27 and the body was still in the ditch. I have attached a photo for your information. The horse was a young filly born this year. I myself had reported the horses to the RCMP being in that spot on Sunday Sept.21 at approximately 7:30 p.m. 

 

 

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September 2014 update on the horse problem: Root Cause Analysis

I have received many calls lately about the number of roaming horses on the West Bench.  In addition, many people have noticed that some herds have taken up residence on the West Bench full-time.  A few years ago it was rare to see a horse on the bench in the summer.

I have to start by saying the following:

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