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Reward to Locate Wild Burro Killers Increased

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths of wild burros has risen to more than $100,000

Captured Wild Burros ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Bureau of Land Management reported this week that the award increase was made possible by new pledges made by Roy Dunlap Spay & Neuter Foundation ($32,000), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ($5,000) and the National Mustang Association ($5,000).

Since May, a total of 46 wild burro carcasses with gunshot wounds have been found along Interstate 15 between Halloran Springs, California, and Primm, Nevada, in various states of decomposition.

Authorities continue to investigate the death of the burros from the Clark Mountain Herd Area in San Bernardino County, managed by the BLM’s Needles Field Office.

Since August, the BLM discovered an additional four burro carcasses—adding four more dead burros to the previously reported figure.

“BLM Law Enforcement continues to aggressively investigate these brutal killings in conjunction with local law enforcement authorities,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley in a news release. “We’re grateful to each of these new donors for their generosity, and for joining us in working to solve these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice,”

The foundation hopes that the $32,000 pledge will help draw enough attention to bring the killer or killers to justice, said a spokesperson with The Roy Dunlap Spay and Neuter Foundation in a written statement.

The foundation made its pledge in cooperation with Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation, a national nonprofit wild horse and burro advocacy organization.

The Roy Dunlap Spay and Neuter Foundation is a private non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of all animals.

The new pledges that join the $10,000 pledge made by the BLM include.
    • The Platero Project: $32,500
    • Return To Freedom: $5,000
    • American Wild Horse Campaign: $2,500
    • The Humane Society of the United States: $2,500
    • Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue: $2,500
    • The Cloud Foundation: $1,000

The BLM’s law enforcement is leading the rapidly expanding investigation into the illegal killings in coordination with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The animals are federally protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The Act protects wild, free-roaming horses and burros from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and considers them an integral part of the natural system of public lands managed by the BLM.

Anyone arrested and found guilty of willfully violating a regulation issued pursuant to this Act, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. These penalties can apply to each count charged.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the WeTip hotline at 800-78CRIME (800-782-7463) or visit

Callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to the arrest(s) and conviction(s) of any person(s) responsible for the deaths of these protected animals. More information on the rewards offered by the conservation and animal welfare organizations can be found on the organizations’ websites.

Reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227,, Instagram@renegadereporter, Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.

5 replies »

  1. Wow, this is the first I’ve ever seen the ASPCA and HSUS step up on behalf of wild horses and burros. A good step but a paltry amount, sadly, from such high profile organizations. Isn’t the fine for killing a single wild horse $10,000? If the same is true for a wild burro that means fines are in order of around $45,000. Great the BLM put up $1,000, and hope they actually find and convict the killers.

    Wasn’t aware of The Platero Project so looked it up:

    “The Platero Project—a collaboration between the HSUS and the BLM—aims to assess the feasibility of using fertility control to help manage the burro population in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area in northwestern Arizona. The four-year pilot project, started in August of 2017, is financed by an HSUS donor and a supplementary grant from the BLM, and is named for the Spanish Nobel Laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez’s beautiful book about a faithful and friendly burro named Platero.”


  2. I don’t trust the BLM OR ANY agency connected to Government, county or city. It’s all lies, all a BIG FAT script!!! All of this is for the unconstitutional AGENDA 21. Look it up. Look up the map of the future. All of this is being done to ready all of the land to where NO PEOPLE are allowed on these lands!!! Includes most animals.


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