People who refuse to abide by the posted signs that clearly state to keep at least 50 feet away from wild horses will pay the price and put themselves in danger.
Wild horses are unpredictable and do not respond well to humans invading their space. While they are beautiful and may appear tame, approaching one is dangerous and against the law. However, one woman visiting the Cape Lookout National Seashore approached a horse for a photo and the horse taught her a valuable yet painful lesson.
Cape Lookout National Seashore posted on Facebook, “Thank you to everyone who is watching out for the safety of the horses and visitors on Shackleford Banks. These visitors were cited BY PHOTO for wildlife harassment. The horse communicated its annoyance (see the photo) and kicked the woman.”
The woman’s face was hidden but angry followers think her face should be shown as part of her punishment. Aside from being kicked by the wild horse, the woman was also charged and faces a fine up to $1,000.
Park fans believe the trespassing woman got what she deserved. One person wrote, “Charged and kicked, win/win.” Another pointed out that the horse was clearly displaying signs that it was unhappy about her being so close and said, “See the ears are back! That horse is a wild animal and not happy about being touched.”
The park provides tips on how to get the best photos of the wild horses on Shackleford Banks at a safe distance. They suggest people stay at least one bus length (50 feet or more) away and use a telephoto or zoom lens. This is what they use to take photos that they share on social media.
For people visiting and wanting to take a photo with their phones, the park wrote:
“Using your smart phone to try for the same image will just not give you the same result. Trying to take a selfie just puts you within range of the flying hooves and teeth from an annoyed horse. Better for you to stand away from the horse with your smart phone closer to you and with the horse visible over your shoulder in the distance as someone else takes your picture. This type of photo will still show everyone that you were on the island with the wild horses (which is what you want isn’t it?) but you won’t end up being chased or with bruises from a kick or bite. Make smart decisions and enjoy your visit safely while protecting our wildlife.”
There is a reason they are called “wild” horses. Please respect these beautiful animals as you are a visitor in their home.