Reward Offered in Shooting Deaths of Central Oregon Wild Horses

Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, The U.S Forest Service, Crook County Sheriff

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting this month of six wild horses in the Big Prairie Summit region of the Ochoco National Forest in Crook County, Ore.

600_wild_horses_090819The Case: The U.S. Forest Service gives the following account:  On or about Oct. 13, hunters discovered two wild horses who had been shot and killed in the Big Prairie Summit region in the eastern portion of the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon. They also found a third horse, a juvenile, badly injured from gunshot wounds. The third horse was euthanized. On Oct. 18, Forest Service investigators combed the scene and found three more horses shot and killed.

The HSUS reward offer of $5,000 is in addition to $2,000 being offered by the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, a nonprofit group established to protect and preserve the wild horses of central Oregon.

The shooting deaths of six wild horses in the spring of 2011 remain unsolved, despite an outstanding $4,000 reward offer.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“Wild horses roaming free on our public lands are a national treasure to be cherished and protected,” said Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Shooting these majestic creatures is not only an act of depraved cruelty, but also a serious criminal offense. We applaud the U.S. Forest Service and the Crook County Sheriff for taking these crimes seriously, and for their dedication in working to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The Investigators: The U.S. Forest Service and Crook County Sheriff are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Capt. Dan Smith, U.S. Forest Service, (541)383-5798; or the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, (541)447-6398.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to humanesociety.org.

15 comments on “Reward Offered in Shooting Deaths of Central Oregon Wild Horses

  1. they Claim That The HSUS Does Nothing Locally For The Animals… Well What Is This??? Just More Proof That The SlaughteRphiles Are Liars. it Has To Stop NOW! Pass The SAFE ACT!

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  2. All this abuse of horses is beyond outrageous and needs STOP!
    The US government agency – BLM – is one of the most abusive to horses (wild horses and burros). With them out there capturing wild horses in the most brutal and violent methods any evil mind could think of, and brutalizing and causing the horrible deaths of many horses and foals throughout the process of capture and sending them either to slaughter or to be warehoused… they are setting a model of horrific abuse against horses. And that they are never held accountable for their crimes makes it even worse. This is why so many abusers feel no qualms about inflicting horses with torture and wrongful death. After all.. if the government routinely does it and suffers no consequences.. other sadistic, sick minded individuals think they have a free ticket to abuse without consequences.

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  3. Maybe if the folks in charge spent less money on the barbaric roundups and a little more on “rangers” to watch and observe the “protected” animals and their habitat some official might have been closer at hand to prevent these acts of savagery!

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  4. This article is confusing… three horses found on one occasion, then I read of three more this past week which are not mentioned here but were shot near where the first were found. Then it mentions three shot in 2011… so we are talking about 9 horses here.

    Is there any further information on the second 3 shot just for being horses this month? This unclear information is almost as good as nothing. Still no word on the captives in South Dakota, either. In aggregate this lends credibility to a larger media intent at play, unfortunately.

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    • In the past few weeks theres an article on this blog on the stallions shot in another state, then 3 in 2011, then 3 found and additional 3. So this is serious malicious horse shooting.

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  5. Ballistics, ballistics, ballistics! I have read no mention at all as to whether any ballistics testing is being done on the bullets that must be present somewhere in the horses from both years. Anyone?

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    • Diana
      You might try calling the two numbers listed in the article just to see what they say about the shootings and ask if they know what type of gun or rifle was used. There was a yearling that was shot in the shoulder. If the horse was seen by a vet the bullet would have been taken out and given to the Sheriff or the Forest Service. But they may not tell you anything because its a ongoing investigation.

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  6. I wonder if there are any ranches around this area? I have read where the ranchers have shot wild horses in the past for grazing along with their cows. I was sent a notice from GovTrack that 8 more reps. have cosponsored H.R.1094 its to bad the senators are ignoring S.541 but that’s nothing new for that bunch of crooks.

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    • THE RANCHERS I GREW UP WITH DID NOTHING TO HORSES! AND DID NOT LIKE MEN WHO DID. SO IF RANCHERS ARE DOING IT IT IS NOT USUAL. THEY DON’T LIKE THE ROUND UPS AND LOSING THEIR OWN HORSES THAT WERE RUNNING WITH THEM SOMETIMES WHEN THEY GOT OUT! THERE IS A LOT OF MIXED HORSES SO IT IS NOT JUST WILD HORSES THEY ARE KILLING AND ROUNDING UP. YOU CAN TELL BY LOOKING AT THEM THAT MOST ARE NOT ALL MUSTANG ANYMORE. THEY SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE! THEY WERE GIVEN 51 MILLION ACRES BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE HORSES CONTRABUTION TO AMERICAS HISTORY. THE MEN WHO WANT THE LAND ARE HAVING THEM KILLED AND AS USUAL IT IS THE RICH!

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  7. While there is an ongoing debate around the reason for these summer-time gathers – the BLM claims it’s to protect the horses; wild horse advocates say it’s driven by helicopter availability, using taxpayer money before the end of the fiscal year and making public lands available for cattle ranchers – there is no question that the horses’ best interests should dictate the schedule and size of the roundup. Chasing mothers and their newborn foals across the desert during the hottest months of the year is clearly not protecting these majestic animals.

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  8. THEY ARE MIXED BREED HORSES THAT NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO! CERTAINLY NOT FOR MEAT AND THE NUMBERS THEY ARE SAYING ARE NOT NEARLY CORRECT! IT IS ALWAYS MONEY AND GREED, FROM DOG FIGHTING TO HORSE KILLING. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO PUT A STOP TO THE POWERS THAT BE THAT ARE DESTROYING OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR BELIEFS AND OUR CONSCIENCE!

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  9. With todays government, I don’t even trust the sherrifs or Forest Service. Please share and make the average consumer aware of what goes on, many are totaly naive.

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