US federal authorities say there has been an increase in unlawful killings of wild horses and burros, and is offering a $US10,000 reward in respect of four recent shootings.
Wild horses and burros are the responsibility of the Bureau of Land Management and enjoy federal protection under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
The bureau says there are four specific incidents to which the $US10,000 reward relates, in Nevada and California. It says it will pay the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the killings.
The incidents are:
- January 25: Three wild horses unlawfully killed near 3 C Well in Eureka County, Nevada.
- February 2: Three wild horses unlawfully killed near Bottle Summit, in Lander County, Nevada on US Forest Service land.
- April 4: Two wild horses unlawfully killed near the Nevada-California border in Lassen County, California.
- April 9: One wild horse and two wild burros were unlawfully killed near Black Rock Canyon, in Pershing County, Nevada.
Bureau director Bob Abbey said those responsible would be vigorously pursued by the bureau’s law enforcement personnel and their partner law enforcement agencies.
“We hope this reward offer will generate information that leads to the swift arrest and ultimate conviction of these individuals.”
Got information? Call the bureau crime hotline phone number at: 1-800-521-6501. Persons providing information may choose to remain anonymous.