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Island infection poses threat to wild ponies

Jan 01, 2019 - The Washington Post

CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Va. - In the cold months, this barrier island is a place of austere stillness, its famed wild ponies grazing along brown marshes, their long faces reflecting in waters often skimmed in ice, their seasonally shaggy coats flickering in the chill breeze.

But the offseason calm covers a foreboding anxiety. There is a danger lurking, literally, underfoot. In recent months, several of the horses have picked up a fungus-like infection in their hoofs and legs...