The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the shooting of five wild horses in south-central Wyoming’s Red Desert, the agency said in a statement last week.
Three horses were found shot in early November and two more in mid-January in a similar location.
“Preliminary findings suggest all five horses were shot,” the statement said.
The livestock industry and the state government have argued that allowing the horses unfettered access to public lands where sheep graze is unreasonable while wild horse advocates have claimed that federal law mandates such access. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals found last year that the BLM was illegally managing wild horses along the Interstate 80 corridor in southern Wyoming by treating public land as if it were private.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact BLM officer Thomas Howell at 307-332-8469.