BLM offers reward in wild horse, burro killings in Nevada, California

Federal officials are offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of tracking down those responsible for a recent rash of wild horse and burro killings in Northern Nevada and eastern California.

Since January, nine horses and two burros have been found dead in Eureka, Lander and Pershing counties and in California just west of Washoe County. Most of the animals were shot, though in a few cases decomposition made it impossible to tell exactly how they were killed.

One horse and two burros were found dead near Black Rock Canyon in Pershing County on April 9. Five days earlier, two horses were found dead in Lassen County, Calif., near the Nevada border.

The other killings took place in the middle of the state, where three dead horses were found in Eureka County on Jan. 25 and three more were found near Bottle Summit in Lander County on Feb. 2.

Heather Emmons, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada, said it is unclear whether any of the killings are linked, though that appears unlikely considering the time frame and widely scattered area in which they occurred.

The BLM is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BLM Crime Hotline phone number at 1-800-521-6501. Tips can be left anonymously.

The BLM manages more than 37,000 wild horses and burros on public rangeland in 10 western states. About half of those animals are found in Nevada.

Contact reporter Henry Brean at or 702-383-0350.