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Nevada State Office
Release Date: 04/30/12
Contacts: Heather Emmons , 775-861-6594 ,
News Release No. NVSo 2012-020

BLM Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Wild Horse and Burro Shootings

Over the last several months, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has seen an increase of reported unlawful killings of federally protected wild horses and burros. There are four specific incidents documented by BLM law enforcement. The BLM is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

The reported incidents are as follows:

  • 01/25/2012 3 wild horses unlawfully killed near 3 C Well in Eureka County, Nevada
  • 02/02/2012 3 wild horses unlawfully killed near Bottle Summit in Lander County, Nevada on US Forest Service land
  • 04/04/2012 2 wild horses unlawfully killed near the Nevada-California border in Lassen County, California
  • 04/09/2012 1 wild horse and 2 wild burros unlawfully killed near Black Rock Canyon in Pershing County, Nevada

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.” 

Individuals with information about these incidents are encouraged to call the BLM Crime Hotline phone number at: 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.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Nevada State Office   1340 Financial Blvd. Reno, NV 89502  

Last updated: 04-14-2015