Wild Horse Shootings: Crime Stoppers Video Prompts Tips

A televised re-enactment of wild horse shootings in Alberta has prompted tips from the public on the crimes, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

"We're following up on some tips we've received," said Cpl. Tina Millard of the Sundre RCMP.

Crime Stoppers produced the film in response to the shooting of three more horses, including a pregnant mare, whose bodies were found last April near Sundre, Alberta. In the past eight years, 29 wild horses have been found shot dead in the area.

"We take these shootings seriously, but because they happen in remote areas, when we find out about it, it's usually weeks later, so that does hinder our investigations," Millard said.

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A wild yearling shot near Sundre, Alberta.

While no arrests have been made, there is speculation that the same person or group of people is responsible. "We think it's probably the same individual. Twenty one of the 29 shootings have all been located within a few kilometers of each other," said Doreen Henderson of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society (WHOAS).

The group works to protect the horses and argues that their numbers are dwindling. The Alberta government issues licenses allowing for the capture and removal of the animals from the area as population control.

The WHOAS is offering a $25,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest in the case, while the Humane Society of Canada is offering a $1,000 reward.

The money offered by the WHOAS comes from corporate and individual donations, according to Henderson, who said the WHOAS had originally offered $10,000, but has since received some large donations from the Alberta Equestrian Federation and other business donors.

Anyone with information about the shootings can submit an anonymous tip via the Alberta Crime Stoppers Web site, or contact the Sundre RCMP at 403/638-3675.

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