Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for January 16, 2013

Horses’ demise called ‘very sad’ accident

Two horses were hit by a truck and killed on the Tahkini Hot Springs Road Tuesday morning, Whitehorse RCMP Sgt. Don Rogers confirmed today.

By Chuck Tobin on January 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Two horses were hit by a truck and killed on the Tahkini Hot Springs Road Tuesday morning, Whitehorse RCMP Sgt. Don Rogers confirmed today.

Rogers said the report of the collision involving the animals and a 2010 Ford 150 pickup truck came in at 6:48.

Nobody in the truck was injured, though damage to the vehicle is described as severe, he said.

Police are not conducting any further investigation because matters of this sort involving livestock fall to the Yukon government, Rogers said.

Kevin Bowers of the Yukon’s agricultural branch said the matter was reported to his office initially by staff with the highways branch.

But no action was taken, as the owner of the horses had indicated she would make arrangements to remove the animals’ carcasses from the roadside, he said.

Bowers, who manages the livestock control and impoundment program, said it’s unfortunate, but horse do sometimes escape their enclosures.

When it happens, he said, fines are not automatic. Rather, the livestock control officer works with the owner of the animals to correct the situation.

Bowers said the officer was notified last Saturday night of two horses on the Hot Springs Road.

Before any action was taken, he was again notified, and told the horses had been returned to their coral.

In the case of Tuesday’s incident, the livestock officer will not be taking any further action, and any matters outstanding will be between the owner of the truck and the owner of the horses, he said.

Area resident Faye Cable said she was on her way into Whitehorse on Tuesday morning and noticed a large dark spot on the side of the road that she first mistook as a large clump of dirty snow that had been plowed up but then noticed it was the carcass of a horse.

When she returned at noon, the ravens were on the carcass she had seen during the morning.

“And oh, my God, when we looked on the right hand side of the road, there was the other one,” Cable recalled in an interview Tuesday.

She said she expected the animals’ carcasses would have been removed by the time she returned.

“It was very sad,” she said.

The collision occurred about a kilometre up from the intersection with the North Klondike Highway, she added.

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Sarah Hodgson

Jan 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I think it is very tacky and uncalled for to have a picture of the blood trail posted. You mention in the article that a woman was upset about how long it took for the bodies to be removed, yet you post a picture of the blood in the snow.

Had this been a human blood trail the picture would not be there. So why do it for someones animals? These horses were part of a family. They had loving owners, they were loved by small children. And now they have to hear about how a picture of this tragic accident was posted in the newspaper and online? Very tacky and pitifully disgusting on the Whitehorse Star end.

Victoria Wilson

Jan 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

What this article doesn’t show is how loved and how important these horses were to their owner and the pain she now has to face. This picture is gruesome and uncalled for. It only brough more pain onto a person that didn’t deserve to relive what she already had to go through.

This whole article was done in terrible taste and I hope more people speak up about how distasteful the banner picture is to the whole situation.

Autumn Snyder

Jan 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The picture is very disturbing… those horses were apart of someones family and I’m sure they are hurting now because of this horrible accident. To publish this is in poor taste and I find it just a little appalling. You can SEE the bits of horse still on the road.. In my opinion I would not think that is acceptable, and unnecessarily brutish and grisly to put out in a public document.

“She said she expected the animals’ carcasses would have been removed by the time she returned.”

That part struck me wrong. As a horse owner I know it takes time to get things in motion and taken care of in this regard, it’s not like everyone keeps a “what if my horse gets hit on the road today” kit laying around, it’s not something anyone wants to ever think about and usually do not even consider it happening to them personally.

This is a very sad incident, as a horse owner and lover my heart goes out to the family that lost two loved pets.

Jason Kennedy

Jan 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I believe that the image above should be removed.  This is a terrible accident that has affected many people and they have the right not to have this image of a loved pet in the paper and on line.

Abigail Crawford

Jan 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Please remove this photo. This was someone’s beloved pet that was brutally killed….it isn’t right to have a photo so gruesome splashed all over!

Valerie Wuhr

Jan 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

Very disturbing pictures. It is a sad story and I find the photograph inappropriate. The news story says it all and would have been sufficient without pictures….since when is roadkill photographed??? Are we to expect moose, dogs, etc pictures in the future.

Sarah Riche

Jan 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I am sorry to say but I do not think that the photo that was posted was any worse then what has been seen on international media or even what we expose ourselves to in movies. Just because its not in Hollywood doesn’t make it wrong. As well the only thing seen in the picture was blood not two dead horses. If this was from a moose hit would people be as frustrated with a picture. It is sad that the horses got hit I will admit that. However the horses do not belong on the road in the first place. And as stated in the article the horses were on the road previously and nothing was done. There is more to the article and the incident then the picture but it seems that’s all people are seeing.


Jan 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

I missed the photo….but would suggest those who let their horses run amok should have a ‘what if my horse gets hit on the road today’ kit handy….not surprising there will be no enforcement of the regulations which require horses not be permitted on or about roadways.

hotsprings rd resident

Jan 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

It’s very sad that those horse were killed and I hope this driver will slow down from now on. Regardless that those horses escaped, there is a lot of wildlife on the Hotsprings rd and I always drive carefully and watch the roadsides because you never know when a deer will jump out.

Another Hotsprings Road Resident

Jan 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

No the horses shouldn’t be on the road but I would like to further back up what was said by the other resident who took the time to comment - This driver shouldn’t speed so much.  Not only are there deer as previously mentioned but people walking/jogging because the trails along the road are packed with snow

hotsprings rd resident

Jan 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

My comment was edited and doesn’t make as much sense. Heaven forbid the truth be printed! Anyway without being specific, some of the residents of the Hotsprings Rd area drive way too fast somewhere around 120K. The speed limit is 90K, I think it should be 70K. If these “drivers” slowed down to at least the speed limit, especially in winter road conditions, they would have a better chance at avoiding collisions with whatever may be on the road.

Hotsprings Roadion

Jan 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks neighbors for your comments.  I agree with you all.  I would like to also draw attention to the number of beer cans present on the road most mornings.  It’s as if someone is drinking on their way to work!  These beer cans are absolutely UNRELATED to the accident with the horses but thought I would mention as maybe we as a neighborhood could do better.


Jan 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Isn’t it the responsibility of livestock owners to keep their ‘pets’ off the road?


Jan 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Spot on North of 60.  You don’t miss a beat do you.
Isn’t it also a driver’s responsibility to not put others at risk and speed?  Sure it was a “pet” as you put it… what if it was a human life? 
That accident took away time from our emergency services people that could have otherwise been used to help others in need.  Some accidents are preventable you know.


Jan 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Anne:  Even if the driver was doing the speed limit…or even less…and keeping a watchful eye, the accident happened prior to 6:48am.  It was dark and anybody, regardless of how careful they were being could have been involved in this accident.  You have zero evidence that the accident was due to negligence on the part of the driver.


Jan 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I saw nothing in the article to substantiate the allegations that the driver was speeding.  Comments from HSR residents that ‘people speed’ does not mean the driver in the collision was speeding.  Ultimately it was the livestock owner’s responsibility to keep their stock secure. Isn’t livestock ‘at large’ a chargeable offense?


Jan 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm


what about.....

Jan 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

As the article states, the horses were on the road before and removed and put into a corral.  Clearly that corral wasn’t working to keep them contained.  It was up to the owner of these animals to contain them properly and ensure fences fixed, etc…we have a duty as animal owners to ensure their safety.
On the other hand,horses that are on or near roadways do tend to leave some evidence of their being there.  It is a reckless and unobservant driver who would fail to see some evidence of these two having been on the road.  I can see a transport hitting horses on a dark and snowy highway, but on Takhini Hotsprings Road? Holy S*** how fast were you driving when you plowed into two horses?

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