The Bureau of Land Management is looking into five wild horse shootings west of Ely in mid-November 2021.
The reward has been increased to $20,000.
According to the BLM, the mustangs were shot and killed in Jakes Valley, about two miles south of U.S. Route 50. One horse was so badly injured that it had to be killed humanely.
A necropsy found that the animals were between the ages of 18 months and six years. The mustangs were allegedly murdered on or around the day they were reported.
The remains were discovered within 600 yards of one another. According to the BLM, “an aborted fetus was attached to one of the dead animals.”
“The agency investigates and prosecutes the killings of wild horses as part of the BLM’s enforcement of the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971. Our investigation is seeking additional information from the public to identify further leads and ultimately the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information about the incident please contact us,” stated BLM Criminal Investigator Michael Mortensen.
Call the BLM crime hotline at 1-775-861-6550 if you have any information that will assist police.
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