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Wild Burro Murder Mystery

By Julie Giyer as published on Kern Valley Sun

Wild burros are being slaughtered in California’s Mojave Desert

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

A $58,500 reward has been offered for information leading to the identity and whereabouts of the shooter. Since May, 42 creatures have been gunned down near the Nevada border just off Interstate 15 in the Clark Mountain Herd Area that’s managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There are roughly 120 animals within this area. For 50 years, wild donkeys have been federally protected under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, signed into law by Richard Nixon. Any person who harms or kills a wild horse or burro could be punished with up to a $2,000 fine or one year in prison. With 42 kills under his/her belt, the Mojave killer could face up to 42 years in prison and an $84,000 fine.

This is deemed an attack on the very spirit of the American West by The Washington Post. The events compromise the “largest massacre of its kind on public land managed by the U.S Bureau of Land Management in California.”

The authorities are uncertain of the killer(s) identity. One event included multiple adults and foals being cut down at a watering hole near Halloran Springs as they quenched their thirst. According to William Perry Pendley, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs at the BLM, “We will pursue every lead until we’ve arrested and prosecuted those responsible for these cruel, savage deaths.” “It’s a travesty that these animals would be gunned down. There’ve been isolated incidents before over the years, but nothing on this scale in memory.”

Persons with information about this incident are urged to call the WeTip hotline at (800) 782-7463 or visit

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  1. Why in the world is the Deputy Director of the BLM so shocked at this slaughter – when what their goal is to do this same thing to ALL wild horses & burros. THIS is a travesty? Of course it is – but so are the dam roundups & warehousing of these wild animals. There are so few burros now BECAUSE not only individuals are killing them but the park service – an agency of our government has done the same thing! So I guess I cant take this “shock” at face value – not any more. Can anyone else?

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    • These feigned concerns fail completely when you recognize there have been NO prosecutions, fines or jail time for anyone caught killing our wild horses or burros, as far as I know. If anyone has credible evidence otherwise please post and link sources here.

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      • I don’t have a link but you can get the legal documents, I assume. I have them.
        A member of a “welfare ranch” family was arrested and admitted to killing six Hickison HMA wild free-roaming burros near Austin Nevada a few years back. Although he admitted to killing SIX the BLM agreed to bargain and pressed charges for ONLY the killing of ONE. He was originally charged with 6 counts of the same offense, i.e. killing 6 wild burros, but his offense and sentence were reduced to a single count in exchange for his ‘cooperation’ with the government, i.e. changing his plea from not guilty to guilty. He faced a potential 6 years in prison, and a $12,000 fine had he contested the charges. The guilty guy admitted he shot and killed 6 burros but because of the “deal” he made with BLM, he eventually prosecuted for only killing one burro. His sentence included only one year of probation, a $2000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

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      • You have to wonder why the agencies and law enforcement are so impotent and ineffectual. Is it the nature of the political/bureaucratic system or is it the people who work in them?

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      • BLM teams with AZ locals to fence off wild burros from sources of water

        “The fence is meant to keep the burros out.

        Locals Involved in Arizona Wild Sheep Conservation Effort

        In March, a coordinated effort by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, WSF’s Midwest Chapter, the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, the Arizona Bureau of Land Management and a little help in funding from the Wild Sheep Foundation along with Cabelas led to another successful year for youth getting involved in building a guzzler.
        Eleven students and five chaperones from the Midwest Chapter, including the Hot Springs crew, flew to Nevada to tour Hoover Dam, then they continued on to Fort Mohave, Arizona, where they spent two days building a guzzler with the Silver Peak project.

        “I was very excited to participate in the Arizona guzzler project,” Atwood said, recalling the long ride to the Minneapolis airport and the unexpected Hoover Dam tour, the “biggest substation I have ever seen… covered with power lines.”

        “We stayed in a camp at the work site and I got to meet a lot of interesting people,” Atwood continued. “I learned guzzlers function through a rain-fed gravity tarp system. My main job was digging fence post holes. I also mixed and poured concrete. The fence is meant to keep the burros out.”

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  2. This is totally normal conduct coming from the blm monsters in restricting wild horses and burros from getting to water and food sources and then using it as an excuse to round them up…What a bunch of sick clowns and do it on the taxpayers dime…corruption at it’s finest…they all belong in prison and the key thrown away. They make me like most american citizens sick to their stomachs with their criminal and disgusting acts of animal abuse in the most sadistic manner. Who’s the real animals here because it sure isn’t the burros.

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