Sundre RCMP investigate shooting of Ya Ha Tinda Ranch horse

Clearwater County, Alberta – On Nov. 16, 2021 a horse belonging to the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch was discovered by Ranch employees deceased. Fish and Wildlife as well as the RCMP were called to the scene to investigate.

A field necropsy was completed by a Fish and Wildlife officer and determined that the horse was shot in the chest area with a large caliber rifle. Based on the field necropsy, it is believed the horse was shot sometime between Nov. 13 and 15, 2021.

Preliminary investigation indicates the horse was standing in thick spruce trees slightly elevated from where the shot was taken, which is believed to be 150 to 200 metres from the deceased horse, on Ya Ha Tinda ranchlands. Elk season is currently open and the area where this incident occurred is a common zone used by elk hunters.


The horse was a 20-year-old quarter horse that was still used in active duty. Parks Canada trains all of its service horses at Ya Ha Tinda Ranch, the only federally-owned working ranch in Canada.

Due to the circumstances surrounding this incident, there is the possibility that this was an accident due to mistakenly believing the horse was a game animal. We encourage the person or person(s) responsible to come and speak with the RCMP in Sundre about the incident.

Sundre RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident or identifying those responsible. Please contact Sundre RCMP at 403-638-3655 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

File 20211721028

Sundre RCMP

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