Note from the WHE team: there are likely more than 5 shot in the complex. It is not unusual to come across carcasses with bullet holes in these remote HMAs. Our team saw some in June (after the incident noted in the press release below) in the Pancake HMA that is part of the same complex. The Pancake Complex lies just south of the ongoing Triple B roundup happening now.
This time, BLM is offering a reward for info.
BLM press release below:
BLM offers $5,000 reward for information on five wild horse shootings
The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting and mortally wounding five wild horses in mid-November 2021 in Jakes Valley, about 30 miles west of Ely, Nev.
“The agency investigates and prosecutes the killings of wild horses as part of the BLM’s enforcement of the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971. Our investigation is seeking additional information from the public to identify further leads and ultimately the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information about the incident please contact us,” said BLM Criminal Investigator Michael Mortensen.
The BLM Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office on November 16, 2021, was contacted by a member of the public who had discovered five mortally-wounded wild horses in Jakes Valley, approximately two miles south of U.S. Highway 50. The remains were located within 600 yards of each other. An aborted fetus was attached to one of the dead animals. One horse was still alive but wounded so severely that it had to be humanely euthanized. A necropsy revealed that the animals ranged in age from about 18 months to six years. The horses were killed on or about the day they were reported.
Anyone with information about the incident are encouraged to call the BLM crime hotline at 1-775-861-6550.
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