Thun­der shot dead

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - BEN AULAKH

A South Can­ter­bury cou­ple be­lieve their prized pack horse was likely mis­tak­enly shot by a spot­light­ing hunter.

Ad­ven­ture Horse Trekking own­ers John and Angie Wall of­fer pioneer-style treks from their sta­tion at Mt Studholme, in­land from Wai­mate.

Nine-year old Thun­der was one of a herd win­ter­ing in a pad­dock at the back of the sta­tion.

After July’s wide­spread flood­ing, John Wall went to check on some cat­tle and found Thun­der.

He had a mouth­ful of grass, which sug­gested he had been feed­ing when he had been shot, she said.

‘‘We think a hunter has mis­taken him for a deer ... we hon­estly think it’s been an accident and we just wish some­body would come for­ward.’’

She said the loss had hit the cou­ple hard.

Sergeant Kevin Reynolds, of Wai­mate, said the shoot­ing was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

He said po­lice didn’t have a lot of in­for­ma­tion to go on.

Thun­der car­ry­ing a tourist.

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