Horse shooter reward increases

Published Oct 23, 2013 at 05:00AM

The Humane Society of the United States posted a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for shooting of six wild horses this month in the Ochoco National Forest.

That adds to the $2,000 already being offered by the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition. The total could now be $7,000. Another $4,000 reward for information on the shooting deaths of six wild horses in the same area in spring 2011 also remains unclaimed.

Hunters on Oct. 13 discovered three horse carcasses, all shot to death, and a fourth, a juvenile, mortally wounded by gunfire. That horse was euthanized.

Forest Service investigators on Oct. 18 discovered three more horse carcasses, again apparently shot to death, while combing the area.

“Wild horses roaming free on our public lands are a national treasure to be cherished and protected,” said Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon state director for the Humane Society of the United States.

Anyone with information about the case can call Capt. Dan Smith, of the U.S. Forest Service, at 541-383-5798, or contact the Crook County Sheriff’s Office at 541-447-6398.

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