WINTER -- I don't plan to continue on the winter survival horse beat, but following yesterday's popular story about the Wyoming pack horse being rescued after six weeks in the wintry forest, two Idaho horses are reported stranded by snow drifts at elevation 8,000 feet near McCall, Idaho. According to the Associated Press:
In Valley County, more familiar animals are struggling due to the snow. A pair of horses has become stranded in a remote area near Boulder Lake. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is working to save the animals, KTVB-TV reports.
Lt. Jason Speer said the horses are trapped in a bowl area about as large as a football field at an elevation of between 7,000 and 8,000 feet.
“For whatever reason they went up to the top of a mountain in the worst possible place,” said Robert Bruno, president of Idaho Horse Rescue.
Bruno said the horses are surrounded by snowdrifts piled as high as six feet tall. The animals were spotted two weeks ago by local pilots. Rescue attempts thus far have been unsuccessful.