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Reward over shooting of wild horses

December 6, 2010

The shooting of two wild horses in Idaho has prompted a $US1000 reward from the Bureau of Land Management's Challis Field Office.

The money will be paid to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the recent shooting deaths of two wild horses found over Thanksgiving weekend near Spar Canyon road, about 22 kilometres southwest of Challis.

The bureau's law enforcement officials are investigating.

"The BLM is serious about enforcing the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act that protects wild horses on the range," said the bureau's Idaho state director Steve Ellis.

"The act clearly states that it is a federal crime for any person to maliciously cause the death of any wild horse, and we want to find whoever is responsible."

The penalty for shooting or harassing wild animals on federal land is a fine of up to $US100,000 and one year in jail.

The bureau has successfully prosecuted cases in the past, with jail time served.

"We care a great deal for the welfare of these animals and want to prevent this from happening in the future," Ellis said.

"I am hopeful the public will be able provide us information that will help in this investigation."



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