Three wild horses were found shot dead on the Ochoco National Forest east of Prineville over the weekend, and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers are trying to determine who shot them and why.
“We are looking for any information that people might have,” said Capt. Dan Smith, of the forest service in Bend.
The horses were found Saturday off Forest Service Road 22 north of Big Summit Prairie, Smith said. The horses were two adults and a younger horse, with decomposition making it difficult to determine the gender of the animals.
The shooting of the horses likely happened six or seven days before they were found, Sgt. James Savage, of the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, said.
Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call forest service law enforcement at 541-383-5798 or the Sheriff’s Office at 541-447-6398.