By Mike LohmerPublished Feb. 21, 2018 12:02pmThe number of wild horses at Lakeview golf resort in Minnesota is now well over 300.
A Wild Horses of LakeView survey conducted in early February found the number of horses at the course has dropped to a total of around 100, with the majority of the animals being killed for sport.
The survey, which was conducted by the state’s Department of Natural Resources, found the average horse carcass had been killed for hunting since the beginning of 2017.
The survey found that over the past 10 years, over 80 percent of horses killed for the sport have been shot.
In the first six months of 2018, there were 686 horse carcasses.
The number of horse deaths in the last six months was 765.
There were no confirmed fatalities at the golf course in 2016.
The Wild Horses program is funded through a $500,000 grant and is administered by the DNR.
The number and type of wild horse remains at LakeView is still being assessed.
Wild Horses spokesman Tom Kratz said that the department was in the process of studying and determining how many wild horses are in the wild at the lakefront resort.