Thursday, March 15, 2012

5 burros shot, killed north of Phoenix

ABC 15 Phoenix

PHOENIX - Federal law enforcement rangers are asking for the public's help for information after six burros were found dead north of Phoenix on Tuesday.

Five adult burros had been shot within the Bureau of Land Management's Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area, located northwest of Phoenix in Maricopa County.

A foal also died after its mother had been killed.

Wild burros and horses on public lands are protected by law under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

"The BLM is actively working this crime scene and gathering evidence of this offensive act," said Rem Hawes, manager of the BLM Hassayampa Field Office.

"We are committed to the protection and management of wild burros and horses, and take this kind of criminal violation seriously. This is why we are asking for the public's assistance," he said.

Evidence at the scene indicated additional animals may have been shot, according to BLM.

Anyone with information is encouraged to submit it confidentially at 1-800-637-9152, and a reward of up to $2,500 is offered for tips leading to a conviction.

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