Wild Horse Found Shot in Utah

Source: Multiple

“Harassing, capturing or killing wild horses is illegal,”

photo by Chris Detrick of BLM Swasey roundup Feb/2013
photo by Chris Detrick of BLM Swasey roundup Feb/2013

The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the killing of a wild horse found dead from a gunshot wound in Millard County, Utah.

A $2,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who fired a small-caliber bullet and killed the 14-year-old palomino stud.

Responding to a report from a local resident, BLM officers found the dead horse near Middle Pond in the Swasey Herd Management Area about 40 miles west of Delta. Volunteers last saw the animal alive July 5. The body was found July 7.

The area is on the eastern flank of the House Range, north of U.S. Highway 6. The herd is named for Swasey Peak, the range’s highest point.

Fanning the flames in the investigation is the well publicized fact that Utah state and county officials claim the BLM has allowed wild horse numbers to proliferate to the detriment of the range and the livestock industry that depends on grazing on public lands.  Said officials have gone on record threatening the BLM with lawsuits which to date, have failed and only succeeded in painting the state with an unfavorable national image.

“Harassing, capturing or killing wild horses is illegal,” said Kevin Oliver, the BLM’s West Desert district manager. “The BLM is committed to enforcing the act and finding those responsible.”

The BLM spends millions of dollars annually harassing, capturing, and in some cases killing, wild horses where the survivors of the roundups are then placed in gender segregated holding facilities for the remainder of their unnatural lives.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact BLM Law Enforcement at 801-539-4082.


  1. Wow. I’m glad BLM is offering a $2,000.00 reward, but you are right to point out the hypocrisy. One day soon I hope the roundups cease, PZP is shelved and our wild horses and burros are able to live their lives naturally as God intended, before all the genetics disappear. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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  2. The BLM cares? Doubt sets in my mind because they kill our wild horses with their helicopters and no shade in their holding facilities,so they have a lot of nerve in making this wrong a right! My second thought is how many animals are needlessly killed by firearms whether it be for sport,outright cruelty,or ignorance. I know,the right to bear arms,but so many bad happenings these days because we live in a climate of “shoot to kill.”


  3. PARTIAL list of more wild horses and burros shot in past years:

    3 wild horses fatally shot in central Oregon last weekend

    2 wild horses killed near Virginia City Nevada September 2013

    1 burro killed and butchered January 2013 Primm Nevada

    6 dead burros March 2012
    Rangers found on March 13, 2012, six dead burros. Five adult animals were shot, one foal died when the jenny (mother) was killed. The evidence collected indicates other animals may have been shot. The investigation is ongoing. The incident occurred within the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area

    article about above but with photos. http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/A-pregnant-burro-and-4-others-shot-dead-BLM-offering-reward-to-catch-shooter-142892545.html?gallery=y&c=y#/news/local/A-pregnant-burro-and-4-others-shot-dead-BLM-offering-reward-to-catch-shooter-

    11 wh&b killed spring of 2012 (four separate killings – Nevada and California)
    11 Wild Horses and Burros Shot To Death in Last Three Months – BLM Offers $10,000 Reward
    The BLM is investigating the shooting deaths of nearly a dozen wild horses and burros in four separate incidents in California and Nevada since late January. The agency announced on Monday that it was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters.
    The most recent killings, discovered on April 9, involved one horse and two burros on BLM land near Black Rock Canyon in Pershing County, Nevada, about 150 miles northeast of Reno. Five days earlier, two wild horses were found shot to death in Lassen County, California, near the Nevada border. Six other mustangs were killed earlier in northern Nevada — three in Eureka County in January and three in Lander County in February.

    2 Wild horse Shot in Idaho

    And a couple of years ago a man from a local ranch family (mid-Nevada) was arrested and admitted killing 6 of our wild burro and then apparently BLM made a “deal” and although the guy ADMITTED he killed the 6 wild burros, he was eventually allowed to plead guilty to killing only one and then his punishment was only the typical “slap on the wrist”.
    Disgusting but true.


    • GG, I couldn’t access the link regarding the 3 horses killed in Oregon last weekend. I bet the Seattle website took it down.


      • The list is one that I have collected over recent/past years and I also see that the link is “gone” but if you google “3 wild horses fatally shot in central Oregon last weekend” you will see articles about those 3 and others that were found shot in Oregon.


  4. I am sure a rancher killed this stud because he ate his cattle’s grass. This killing makes me feel very disgusted with these rancher types. What gives them the right to take a horse’s life. BLM is a government agency that is under public scrutiny with their methods of handling our wild horses. Most of us cannot see what they are doing to these wild horses and need caring horse lovers to check on them. If Wild Horse Annie was alive today she would not be happy with what is going on with our national treasures.

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    • Along with the welfare rancher requests for removal of ALL wild horses in the Wood Hills area, Renaissance Gold has several projects in eastern Nevada, including the Wood Hills. Most importantly, the Wood Hills South Project, a possible extension of the Pequop Trend, is in an earn-in agreement with Newmont Mining, the owner of Long Canyon which is being developed for an anticipated 2017 production startup.
      Money is to be made … so the wild horses have got to go and BLM is more than happy to pay for it because they want to keep the big mining companies happy so that they can lease more of our public lands to the mining companies and then get more of the financial rewards and on and on but the sickening bottom line is still the same … GREED takes priority over the earth, including our wild horses.


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