Heber Wild Horse Update

Angel makes 12


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Today, while our crews were on the ground early in the day 2 more of the Heber wild horses, were found dead.

Our ground crew has been taking shifts day and night to watch horses, some who are injured, one in particular with a serious wound, but we could not tell if she would recover, or if she had been shot. Today that mare, a beautiful palomino named Angel by our volunteer crew went down.

As the Forest Service personnel were leaving the scene of the other 2 horses where a veterinarian had performed necropsies, our crew flagged them down to have the veterinarian look at this downed horse we had been watching for several days.

At first Ranger Lopez said they didn’t have time to look at another horse and was insistent on leaving the area. The veterinarian traveling with them said it would only take a moment. So they evaluated the mare and determined she had to be euthanized.

Richard Madril of the Forest Service told one of our ground crew members that the injury to the horse we had observed was, in fact, a gunshot wound.

As we are looking at photos and having some of our own experts assist with their opinions we believe all these horses we have been finding the past 10 days were shot in one killing spree that happened late on January 21st.

As of this report, the national office for CAES has received 35 tips on the activities in the forest and the people we believe to be involved in the killings, and other illegal activities in the forest concerning the herd. We are still encouraging the Forest Service Ranger to call the investigative reporter who works for ActivateNow News, and set-up a tip line at the Citizens Against Equine Slaughter national office, so far he has not made contact to find out what we might know to assist his investigation.

The reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) has grown to over $5,200 dollars and CAES has a goal to double that and find these killers. If you have any information please call 541.315.6650 And if you want to contribute to the reward fund you can use the donate button on the side of this page, or go to our Citizens Against Equine Slaughter on Facebook and look at the top post where there is a donate button.

Through this tragedy, we have had an outpouring of anger and sadness from the Heber and surrounding communities. People are afraid this will go beyond the killing of animals, and they are afraid of these men. But…you are still speaking out, still standing up and we are proud of you for that and will stay in this battle with you until we have Justice for the Heber Herd.


12 thoughts on “Heber Wild Horse Update

  1. This is sad and so wrong every person who lives in arizona has a right to see these beautiful wild horses and other wildlife free and safe in our national forests ..its probably a rancher who wants more free grazing for his cows which are truly an invasive n destructive species..im sick to death of how they think they have a right to dictate what lives in our national forests..i hope this sick bastard gets caught n prosecuted for animal cruelty n murder and more manpower needs to be added to get it done

  2. so if i go in a helicopter and terrorize wild horses causing fractures, head injuries, death from cardiac arrest, torn hooves, laminitis, pulmonary edema, terminal injuries from escape attempts, trampled foals, foal death by starvation I would be arrested , tried, convicted & imprisoned. But when the BLM corporate lapdog whor*s (whether cattle industry or some congressional skank who wants to make fast cash leading sunny areas of the USA so the chinese can put up a solar farm) do this they get a salary? Did i miss anything?

  3. I am deeply saddened to hear about this tragedy. I hope the piece of shit coward who shot them, suffers an even worse fate than those beautiful, innocent horses. Its disturbing how cruel & heartless some people can be😥

  4. Very sad to see this happen to the horses we tried so hard to save this last summer!! I hope carma catches up with the criminals! They are nothing but selfish basterds out shooting defenseless animals!! Basterds rot in hell!!!!!!

  5. Aren’t these remants of the horses that were let loose during the rodeo fire? Granted, the shooting of these horses is wrong, but they are not native wild horses, rather feral horses that were never gathered after being released to fend for themselves.

    1. No Keith horses are native to North America, being tame or bred for specific traits doesn’t remove being native. And all wild horses are legally considered wildlife, not feral animals. The courts ruled that the horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest that are named the Heber herd are legally wildlife and under federal protection. The myth that the horses all died during the fire is just that a myth. We actually had to laugh when one person claimed all the horses died during that fire but that there are 300 there now. Since when does a ZERO population breed? Was it an immaculate conception of ghosts that created the existing herd? As a federally protected herd, there are federal and state laws that protect them from harassment, cruelty, being removed from the forest and killing.

      1. CAES. Horses and other equine are not native to North America. They were brought to the America’s by Spanish and European explorers. They are in fact a feral and invasive species. Get your facts right and stop telling lies.

      2. Billy thank you for your opinion. However, the Equus species evolved on this continent and only this continent for 55 million years. They migrated across the Bering Land Bridge and toward the end of the Pleistocene Era it was theorized that they disappeared on this continent, however, the time they were thought to have been gone before being “brought back” is getting shorter and shorter with every fossil find and testing of mDNA. Even IF they were gone, the fact is they were ‘brought back’, something that could not happen with a species that was non-native or never here.

        We understand it is hard for some people to understand but the simplest way I can use to explain this is by comparing it to a deer or elk farm. Just because someone gathers, and fences those animals, and tames one to ride or pet, it doesn’t make them any less native, it doesn’t change and make a new species of them. Similarly, if I decided I only wanted to have deer that had a white spot on them I would achieve that by breeding for genetics with that white spot in their offspring. Again making a physical preference happen through breeding for a specific trait does not change the species and create a new one.

        Wild horses may have been gone for a drop in the bucket of evolution from this continent, however, they are the same species that was here at the end of the Pleistocene, they did not become a new species when they were domesticated, and they are very much a native species of this country. If you need further explanation I would be happy to give you links for several scientific studies and reports that confirm this.

  6. Ranger Lopez ‘didn’t have time’. No wonder the killings are not stopping! Shame on you Forest Service, Sheriff and BLM.

  7. Just a couple questions, 1) why can’t the remaining herd be rounded-up & kept at a secure sanctuary until further investigation & posting of reward leading to arrest/conviction of the perpetrator(s)? 2) what animal cruelty laws apply to this and have authorities been using those laws?

    1. These horses have never been legally gathered, it would traumatize them and mix up the family bands. A gather always causes injuries and deaths. So we don’t believe that is a viable solution, and also would pose the question of who, how they would try to transport wild animals, also causing more injuries and deaths. They are not anywhere close to tame, and with all the shooting they disappear as soon as they smell humans they aren’t very familiar with. The only ones who tolerate our ground crew being around at this point are the orphan and the one who was injured and moving very slow.

      The laws protecting them are both the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, passed to stop activity such as this, and the state, county and local animal cruelty laws that protect all other animals and wildlife. The problem is that no one seems capable of enforcing those laws right now.

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