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Smart Talk: Horse rescues; Fees to use state game lands; Worry about bears?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 25, 2014 2:31 PM
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Photo by Pennsylvania Equestrian

Rico Suave, rescued from starvation, upon rescue and with his new trainer, Kimberlee Strauss.

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, September 26, 2014:

Southeastern Pennsylvania has one of the largest horse populations in the country.  Unfortunately, many of them aren't well taken care of or are neglected.  

That neglect usually takes the form of horses not having enough food to eat or water to drink.  Sometimes, the horses are kept in squalid conditions where they can hurt themselves or can't move around.

That's why horse rescuers are so important.  They help horses escape the abusive situations, help to rehabilitate them, and possibly even get the horses healthy enough to be adopted.

On Friday's Smart Talk, we'll learn about the Equine Comeback Challenge scheduled for the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on October 14.

Ten rescued horses that were assigned trainers this summer will compete to show how far they've come.

Also on Friday's program, Travis Lau, the press secretary for the Pennsylvania Game Commission is with us to discuss a proposal to charge non-hunters like horseback riders or bikers a $30 fee for use of state game lands.  After a fatal bear attack in New Jersey last week, Lau will address bear safety in Pennsylvania.

Finally, WITF’s Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson provides insight into events at the state capital in her Capitol-Week-in-Review.

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  • Rich img 2014-09-26 08:29

    Glad to hear, however briefly, the spokesman admit other citizens pay some for game lands. For example donors to Nature Conservancy. That being said $30 a year is insane. $30 a lifetime or $5 a year would be fair.

  • Rich img 2014-09-26 08:33

    Also, since the phone seems to be malfunctioning. Next to Lehigh Gorge State Park there is a very popular hiking to trail to waterfalls at the Glen Onoko access area. People fall to serious injuries, even death, several times each year. Since the Game Commision refuses to maintain the trail, you should turn it over to the State Park

  • Rich img 2014-09-26 08:50

    Apparently, this conversation was not live.

    It seems indicative of the PaGC refusing to listen to non-hunting Pennsylvanians

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-26 08:55

    Doug emails:

    Question... Lancaster county has MANY TOURISTS WHO USE LOCAL CAMPGROUNDS AND VISIT OUR AREA FOR SHORT STAYS. Some bring or rent horses and use the trails. Will they be required to get a permit even if only using trail for a couple of days? If so, where and how would they pay? Who would enforce the use of permits? What cost to the state to do that?

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-09-26 15:56

    Tesa adds...
    My name is Tesa Burns and I am on the board of a nonprofit organization in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that focuses on rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted horses. I tried to call your phone line to give some input from my first-hand experience with rescuing horses on your show this morning, but I got a busy signal. I know that the show is almost over, but please let me know if you're still interested in any input from listeners on this topic.

    My phone number is 717-319-5722. The website for Prairie Fire Farms Foundation, Inc., the rescue I work with, is