RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is investigating the shooting deaths of nearly a dozen wild horses in four separate incidents in California and Nevada since the beginning of the year.
The agency announced a $10,000 reward Monday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters.
The most recent killings involved one horse and two burros on BLM land near Black Rock Canyon in Pershing County about 150 miles northeast of Reno. They were discovered April 9.
Five days earlier, two wild horses were found shot to death in Lassen County, Calif., near the Nevada line.
Six other mustangs were killed earlier in northern Nevada - three in Eureka County in January and three in Lander County in February.
BLM Director Bob Abbey said, “The perpetrators of these unlawful killings will be vigorously pursued by BLM law enforcement and our partner law enforcement agencies. We hope this reward offer will generate information that leads to the swift arrest and ultimate conviction of these individuals.”
The BLM Crime Hotline is 1-800-521-6501. Persons providing information may choose to remain anonymous.
The BLM currently manages more than 37,000 wild horses and burros on public rangelands in 10 Western states.