BLM Offers $10,000 Reward in Mustang, Burro Shooting Deaths

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hoping the offer of a $10,000 reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths of multiple wild mustangs and burros this year.

Agency spokeswoman Heather Emmons Jasinski said that since January, BLM law enforcement personnel have documented four separate incidents involving the killings of nine mustangs and two burros. The large reward is in response to the rise in reports of such deaths.

"We were seeing more than one incident, and we're looking at the bigger picture," Emmons Jasinski said.

She declined further comment on the ongoing investigation.

Incidents connected to the reward include:

  • The January killings of three wild horses near 3 C Well in Eureka County, Nev.;
  • The February deaths of three wild horses killed near Bottle Summit in Lander County, Nev., on US Forest Service land;
  • The shootings of two wild horses discovered dead near the Nevada-California border in Lassen County, Calif., on April 4; and
  • The deaths of one wild horse and two wild burros near Black Rock Canyon in Pershing County, Nev.

If caught, those responsible could be charged with misdemeanor charges under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The Act protects wild horses and burros from injury and death and places the animals under BLM jurisdiction. The charges carry penalties of fines of up to $2,000 and up to one year in prison, Emmons Jasinski said.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call the BLM Crime Hotline at 800/521-6501. Callers can remain anonymous.

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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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