Refuge on its way for wild horses of Souli

After the death of scores of wild horses in the mountainous Souli region in Epirus last winter, the government said yesterday that it would begin the process of providing shelter, food and water for the animals to prevent a rerun of the situation this winter. It is thought that at least 100 wild horses starved to death in the area earlier this year after getting trapped in snowdrifts during the particularly harsh winter. The horses live in small herds that survive by grazing the mountain vegetation, but heavy snow, which was 2 meters deep in some cases, meant that some beasts resorted to eating tree bark, but that was not enough to keep them alive. The Public Works and Environment Ministry said that it would work with the local authorities to build stables and a system of troughs to supply the horses with food and water, «so the distressing phenomenon does not repeat itself.» Once this project is completed, the ministry said that it would launch a program to try and make the Souli region more attractive to visitors by constructing new footpaths and information centers. A completion date was not given for this project.

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