Another Heber wild horse shot, and this time it is  Ild Buck, the iconic, favorite stallion known to thousands of people who have visited or regularly go to see the herd.
What we KNOW:
~~the shooting was ILLEGAL and FS still has done nothing to apprehend the killers of what is now nearing 2 dozen wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
~~the FS has not made arrests in 2 cases of horse theft from the forest despite being provided photographic evidence and the names of the 2 men involved.
~~the 2 men we have photos of with formerly wild horses are known to the community (according to more than 3 dozen anonymous tips) for taking horses out of the wild herd anytime they can to sell and train, and are likely the ones who are also shooting the wild horses.

What can be done?

Contact Congressmen Grijalva and O’Halleran who we have kept updated on this situation all along and RESPECTFULLY ask them to:

  • Demand Forest Service arrest and charge the shooters
  • Demand that these 2 men are arrested and charged for theft of our resources
  • Demand that FS release all information on the investigation and necropsies of the dead horses because it is a matter of public interest and safety.
  • Demand that the FS stop turning their head the other way while horses are stolen from the Forest and enforce the laws!
  • Demand those at FS are held accountable, (i.e. FS LEO John Lopez FIRED for dereliction of duty.
E-Mail, Write or call:

Congressman Raul Grijalva


101 W. Irvington Road                                     1511 Longworth HOB
Tucson, AZ 85714                                              Washington, DC 20515

Call or Fax:
ph (520) 622-6788                                              ph (202) 225-2435
fax (520) 622-0198                                             fax (202) 225-1541

Congressman O’Halleran:


405 N. Beaver Street                                      324 Cannon House Office Building
Suite 6
Flagstaff, AZ 86001                                        WashingtonDC 20515

Phone: 928-286-5338                                     Phone: 202-225-3361

Post & Photos from our AZ Office the Heber Wild Horse Freedom Preservation Alliance:

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These killings and theft of our horses MUST be stopped and the Forest Service must DO THEIR JOB to enforce the law and protect this herd!





April Quilt Raffle!

Help us stay in the fight! Get your April quilt raffle tickets one for $20 or three for $50.

Get this cute queen-size quilt before the raffle ends on April 28th. Tickets can be purchased up until 11:30 on the 28th. Live drawing to be held at Noon!


Use the payment buttons here to purchase your tickets, that sends us an email and we respond with your raffle ticket numbers. Then on April 28th at noon PST, we will have a live stream on our Facebook page of the ticket drawing.

Quilt Raffle

Tickets $20 each


3 Tickets

Buy 3 for a $50 donation



The quilts we are raffling off are store purchased and donated to us for raffles. They are not the handmade ones that we auction off from time to time. These are lighter weight but still all cotton and made well. We hope to have our volunteer quilters with a new handmade quilt soon, but those are an auction, not a raffle, and …you got it…they are pricey! So grab one of these cuties while you can1 Good luck everyone and thank you as always for your continued support!

Muddy Creek Update – Yes We Are Still Fighting


Notes from Val Cecama-Hogsett

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter – Action Update

Muddy Creek Herd, Utah and More


As the public face of CAES when I am out of commission for whatever reason the news we post is also out of commission in large part. So here’s a quick update…

Muddy Creek, UT –

Today we filed the latest round of paperwork in the courts. This case has been ongoing since the spring of 2018. BLM illegally gathered this herd and left less than the number of horses it was supposed to leave on the land. The BLM after a gather typically leaves the number of horses on the range that meets the low-end of the Appropriate Management Level (AML). In this case, they illegally left significantly fewer horses and that is a violation of the law. There are many other issues we are fighting in this case. Those include but are not limited to legal issues pertaining to tiered management, arbitrary AMLs, illegal delineation of land use, multiple use violations, violations of NEPA (not allowing legally permissible public involvement), and so much more.

We expect this to be the last round of paperwork in the case, and it should now be in the hands of the judges to read all the case law and arguments provided by both sides and make their decisions.

Heber, AZ

We still have no word from Forest Service on the multiple shootings of wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The situation hit a climax in January of 2019 when more than a dozen horses were shot on what we believe to be one evening.

Caes opened an anonymous tip line for people to call, feeling that people might feel safer not calling the local law enforcement or Forest Service Personnel. We received more than 3 dozen tips, and we still have information trickling in.

The tips led to the identification of several individuals alleged to be stealing horses from the forest and 2 believed to be involved in the shooting death of the horses in January.

The Forest Service has not been returning phone calls from our national office to retrieve information collected, so we took it to the Phoenix FBI, and Congressmen Grijalva and O’Halleran.

Both Congressman has been very interested and involved in attempting to right this situation and bring justice to those who committed these federal crimes.

Warm Springs, OR

We fought Burns, Oregon BLM on proposed plans to sterilize wild mares, performing outdated and unsafe surgical procedures. Both times the BLM asked the courts to vacate and remand their plans to do the experiments during our cases. This time however the BLM had already gathered a herd of horses to do the procedures and because they were not able to do the experiments, announced they are going to release less than half the horses they agreed to release prior to this.

We filed our public comments on the issue and intend to follow up with legal action if they issue a final decision to release so few horses.

The notice also gave a list of conditions that might delay the release of the horses, and in a previous article, we explained that the list basically said that from January to December there are conditions that may prevent release and that BLM made excuses not to release, pregnant, non-pregnant, stallion or young horses. So…we asked in our public comments exactly what horses then qualify for release and when. BLM clearly has no intention of releasing any horses back to the Warm Springs HMA.

Daily work – –

We are also closely following the federal budget talks, and proposed amendments. After starting a 501c4 in addition to our existing 501c3 CAES is now not only a non-profit corporation but we can also get involved in actively campaigning for political candidates that are working FOR the people, the wildlife, the habitats, and to bring an end to slaughter and transport to slaughter.

To become a member and add your voice to our fight please fill out the form attached, and make a one time $20 donation. We do not add you to an email list, we will not ask for a renewal of fees, we simply count your voice in our membership when we take the fight to the lawmakers!

Membership to Citizens Against Equine Slaughter

This donation verifies that I want my voice added to the actions taken by Citizens Against Equine Slaughter. I want slaughter of American horses stopped permanently. I do not want slaughterhouses reopened in this country, and I want the borders closed to shipping horses to other countries for slaughter or for consumption. I want wild horses managed on the land, not removed, and never rounded up with helicopters. I want wild horses to have habitat that was given to them per the 1971 law and for it to be managed principally for wild horses, not livestock. I want federal agencies held accountable for their actions, or inactions. I want to vote for political candidates that will fight for my beliefs, and hear my voice.