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Phoenix District
Release Date: 04/23/12
Contacts: Pamela Mathis, 602-402-7690 or 623-580-5500    

Reward Grows to $8,000 for Information on Wild Burro Shooting

PHOENIX — As federal law enforcement rangers continue an investigation on the March shooting of wild burros within public lands in the Lake Pleasant area, local citizens continue to support the effort by increasing reward amounts for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

A Phoenix based C.E.O., Jonathan Thompson, added $1000.00 to the reward this week, bringing the total offer for information up to $8000.00.

On March 13, 2012, rangers found five dead burros in the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area northwest of Phoenix in Maricopa and southern Yavapai counties. The evidence collected indicates other animals may have been shot.  Wild burros and horses on public lands are protected by law under the Wild Free - Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. 

People who have any information on the burro shootings may call:  1-800-637-9152.  All calls are confidential.  If convicted of this Federal crime, the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, as amended, allows that the perpetrator(s) may be subject to a fine of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year for each violation.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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