Rewards Offered in Oregon Wild Horse Shootings

Two wild horse advocacy groups are offering rewards leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for shooting three wild horses in Oregon earlier this month

Capt. Dan Smith of the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations said that on Oct. 13, federal officers responded to a call about two injured horses discovered in the Ochoco National Forest near Pineville, Ore., in Crook County. Once on the scene, officers found a third injured horse, Smith said. The horses—two adults and one juvenile horse—had been shot, he said.

Smith said the area in which the horses were found is frequented by both woodcutters and hunters.

“Hopefully somebody saw something,” he said.

While the investigation continues, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, a nonprofit group established to protect and preserve the wild horses of central Oregon, have both offered rewards leading to information connected to the case. The Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition is offering a $2,000 reward and HSUS is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shootings, a statement from the HSUS said.

Smith said U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations welcome tips from anyone relative to the case. Tipsters with information about the case should call the U.S. Forest Service at 541/383-5798. Callers must indicate whether or not they wish to remain anonymous. Tipsters can also call the Crook County Sheriff's Department at 541/447-6398.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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