Reward rises to $25,000 as Nevada investigates five wild horse deaths


ELY, Nevada (AP) — The reward has risen to $25,000 for an investigation into the killing of five wild horses in eastern Nevada over a year ago, the Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday.

Five mortally wounded horses were discovered on November 16, 2021 in Jakes Valley, about 30 miles (48 km) west of Ely.

This week, the non-profit group Wild Horse Education added $5,000 to the reward.

“We hope the addition to the award will bring this topic back into the public eye and lead to information that can resolve this troubling issue,” said Laura Lee, president of a group that advocates for wild horses and works to stop federal roundups. .

BLM offered an initial $5,000 reward with other groups contributing to the total, including $10,000 from the National Mustang Association in October.

All horses were located within 600 yards of each other about two miles (3 km) south of U.S. Highway 50, and an aborted fetus was attached to one of the dead animals, the bureau said. One horse was still alive, but so badly injured that it had to be euthanized.

“Our investigation is seeking additional information from the public to uncover additional leads and ultimately the person(s) responsible,” BLM criminal investigator Michael Mortensen said.

Anyone with information is strongly advised to call the BLM Crime Control Hotline at 775-861-6550.

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