Wild horses shot in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

The three wild horses were found dead in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in late December.

ARIZONA, United States – A US $ 10,000 award is offered for information leading to an arrest after several horses were shot in an Arizona national park.

The three wild horses were found dead in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in late December. All animals were found with gunshot wounds, according to rangers.

Wild horses are protected by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which declares them to be “living symbols of the historical and pioneering spirit of the West”.

The murders are not the first. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the shootings increased in late 2018. Since then, more than 40 horses have been killed, according to proponents.

“We take every shooting, every crime against a protected animal in forest services land very seriously,” said Jeffery Todd, a spokesman for the US Forest Service. “We have all the resources available to work on it.”

The U.S. Forest Service said the shooting is currently under investigation and the horses have been buried since then.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office at 928-524-4050.

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