Rare Bear Attack on a Horse
Rindge, NH - We call this story to your attention for the following reason: A wildlife officer for 20 years, N.H. Fish and Game Sgt. Craig Morrocco, said that "bears occasionally go after livestock, but rarely try to bring down a full-grown horse." He suspects that a pony in a pen adjacent to the stallion’s was the bear’s target. In this instance, the horse’s injuries were non-life threatening.
This is untrue about pit bulls that often kill full-grown horses.
According to Morrocco, on Friday morning, Jackie Poutrie heard a commotion around 5 a.m. outside her home off Pine Terrace, a dead-end road in a rural section of town, and went outside to find her stallion lying on its side. She then heard a large animal crashing through the woods, and later realized that her horse had been sliced and bit during the attack.
“We were unable to make a positive determination as to whether the bear got a hold of the horse because there were no definitive claw marks,” he said. "We did find bear tracks just outside the (horse) pen.” Morrocco said bears occasionally go after livestock, but rarely try to bring down a full-grown horse. He suspects that a pony in a pen adjacent to the stallion’s was the bear’s target.
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