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Nugget the service horse shot dead on Parks Canada ranch in west central Alberta

Nugget the Parks Canada horse. Suppled by RCMP

RCMP are investigating the shooting death of a Parks Canada service horse on a ranch in west-central Alberta.

Mounties said the horse named Nugget was killed on the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch, where horses are trained for use by Parks Canada staff who patrol and protect national parks in Western Canada.

Police say the 20-year-old quarter horse was shot by someone with a high-powered rifle sometime between Saturday and Monday.

Sundre RCMP say it is elk season and the remote area is often used by hunters.

Investigators believe this may have been an accident by someone who mistook the horse for a game animal.

The Ya Ha Tinda is private property owned and managed by Parks Canada and is the only federally operated working horse ranch in Canada.

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Parks Canada staff could not be immediately reached for comment.

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