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The pony auction in Chincoteague brought in a record $210-thousand.

That’s an average of $33-hundred per horse with 62 ponies sold off this year.

The auction follows the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Some of the ponies will be returned to live again on the Assateague Island.

The funds will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The event was made famous by the 1947 novel ”Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The 92nd annual Chincoteague pony swim is history.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the crossing lasted about 18 minutes.

The wild ponies of Maryland's Assateague Island swam across to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. A flare that lit the sky at 6:47 a.m. signaled the beginning of the swim. It ended about 7:05 a.m.

The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The 92 annual Chincoteague pony penning took place this morning.

Organizers say the wild ponies of Assateague Island are swimming across to Chincoteague.

The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

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A 7 year old Assateague pony has died after eating a large amount of dog food earlier this month.

A post-mortem investigation found the food had caused an internal blockage which created a rupture within the horse.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that dog food generally contains a recipe that is too rich for the animal and in large amounts can cause death.

Generally, the ponies consume large amounts of beach grasses and other vegetation with high fiber.

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Scientists are tracking a great white shark named Yeti that has been recorded swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off Assateague Island in Virginia.
 
OCEARCH, an organization that shares real-time data through its global shark tracker, says a tracking device attached to the female juvenile shark pinged off the lower Eastern Shore on Thursday
 
News outlets report Yeti was tagged Oct. 7 off Nantucket, Massachusetts. The shark weighs 960 pounds and is 11 feet long.
 

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) - The Maryland portion of Assateague Island will not administer birth control for its ponies in 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the purpose behind the decision is to keep the herd balance in a target range of 80 to 100.

Education coordinator for Assateague Island Liz Davis says the goal is to increase the number of foals by minimizing contraception. She says Assateague Island will also monitor and adjust over the years to stay within the 80 to 100 range.

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57 foals were auctioned off yesterday in Chincoteague as part of 91st annual pony swim from Assateague Island.

The auction raised over $151-thousand which will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the average price was around $26-hundred with the average age of nearly 3 months.

The Legacy Group put $21-thousand dollars to buy back two three-month old fillies.

The paper reports there were 6 buy backs totaling nearly $50-thousand

Those not sold return to Assateague Island for another year.

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Twelve turtles found themselves on the Assateague beach yesterday as the Baltimore National Aquarium marked its 25 year anniversary of the Animal Rescue Program.

WBOC reports that there were two rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtles.

The television station reports that one turtle named Hardhead came to the Aquarium with problems that included a lung tear and broken ribs.

The other Beachcomer had a rare blood disease.

They both came to the Aquarium in 2015.

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The Chincoteague Town Council has voted unanimously to get a legal opinion before it signs onto an agreement with federal agencies.

It involves a study that would look at a plan to move the Assateague recreational beach further north.

The agreement includes the a number of federal and state agencies ranging from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Accomack County.

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Local Chincoteague officials are expressing concerns over the new beach plans for Assateague Island.

The plans for the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge produced by federal officials would move Assateague’s recreational beach to the north.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that former Chincoteague Planning Director William Neville told local town officials that there are concerns about the resiliency.

Neville is moving on to take a job with Ocean City.

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