Wild Horses Galloping Their Way To Become State Symbol

North Carolina lawmakers agree that the horses living wild along the Outer Banks are a symbol of the state.

By an unanimous vote in the House the General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday on a bill naming the colonial Spanish mustang as the official state horse. The measure now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk to become law.

Students at a Currituck County elementary school suggested the idea. The horses are a major tourist attraction.

Two herds of about 100 horses near Corolla and on Shackleford Banks in Carteret County are believed to have descended from mustangs Spanish explorers brought to the coast in the 1500s.

Other official North Carolina symbols include the honey bee as state insect and the Plott hound as state dog.


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  • by Smarty Location: ENC on Jun 4, 2010 at 06:05 PM
    From what I see on the WITN website, the red-necked goonie bird should be the state symbol.
  • by M Location: Greenville on Jun 4, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    Sam, the plott hound IS a state symbol. It's the state dog.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 3, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    Wonder when they will make "the hoover cart" the state vehicle.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jun 3, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Why are they wasting time and MY MONEY with this? Politicians never learn no matter what the people want. What a bunch of self serving prima donnas! I wonder what else is attached to this bill that will be enacted 'under the radar'?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    I think either the plott hound or the horse would be a good state symbol, but there are way more important things to worry about than this. Make a borde3r patrol around this state.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 3, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    If you are looking at it in those terms, then technically you are not american, neither is anyone here except for the native americans. The honey bee and the wild horses are decendants of those that were brought over here, much like your ancestors. The Plott Hound, is certainly native to NC just as much as anyone or anything else could ever be. The breed was developed by the Plott family right here in NC. I see absolutely nothing wrong with either of the three choices, but my preference would go towards the Plott hound, since they did in fact originate from NC.
  • by Popeye Location: Hyde on Jun 3, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    All three of these species are nonnatives. The honeybee is European,the modern horse is Asian, and dogs are certainly Old World. I understand the attractiveness and cultural connection with these species but as with almost any nonnative species introduction, there is a subsequent decline of local biodiversity. But maybe with all the Yankees down here now, nonnatives are good state representatives.
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