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Horse shot dead near Mt Archer after hit by car and injured

PUT DOWN: A wild horses lays lifeless out in a paddock in the Sanctuary Estate at Norman Gardens.
PUT DOWN: A wild horses lays lifeless out in a paddock in the Sanctuary Estate at Norman Gardens. Contributed Photo ROK

11am: The report on the brumby that was destroyed after it was hit by a vehicle in Norman Gardens requires a correction.

The horse was euthanised shortly after it was struck two Sunday nights ago, not the following day as was reported.
We apologies for the error.

THURSDAY: WHEN Tamara Chopping heard a gun shot in her neighbourhood she raced out to find a badly injured wild brumby had been destroyed.

The wild horse had been injured the night before after a man clipped the beast when he was driving his vehicle near Tamara's house.

The incident is the latest and most dramatic concerning the influx of roaming horses in Sanctuary Estate, in Norman Gardens.

It was about 11pm on a Sunday, two weeks ago, when Tamara rushed onto the deck of her house to see what was causing a commotion near her home.

She saw a lifeless beast lying near her home.

The next morning, authorities shot the beast because it was badly injured and beyond the point of recovery.

Tamara said in the past six weeks or so, she often woke up in the wee hours of the morning to chase the wild horses off her property.

"They also create a big mess on our lawn," she said.

She was hoping authorities would quickly pull the reins on the horse issue because they posed serious risks for motorists.

"The keep coming into my yard for a free feed, as well," she said.

Tamara lives in Sanctuary Estate, which backs onto the slopes of the famous Rockhampton peak.

A Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry spokeswoman said although there was no obligation to control or remove these horses, land managers, including managers of state land, may do so provided the control or removal is done in a manner that is consistent with the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

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