February 3, 2023

Additional $5,000 reward for shooting of three burros in Arizona

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is currently investigating the case, and has previously offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction, bringing the total reward to $7,500. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of three wild burros near Lake Pleasant, Arizona. 

The Case:  The Bureau of Land Management’s investigation revealed that one burro had been shot in the stomach, while the other two were shot in the head. According to officials, three wild burros were intentionally shot and killed in the Morgan City Wash, which is just south of the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area.

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 protects burros from harassment or killing. If caught, the shooter faces up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.

The Bureau of Land Management is currently accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment for a humane PZP fertility control pilot research program for wild burros in Arizona, which will be undertaken in conjunction with The HSUS. 

“Arizonans care deeply about our wild inhabitants and deplore any cruelty against them. We know the best way to manage burro populations is with humane methods such as PZP, not violence,” said Kellye Pinkleton, Arizona state director for The HSUS.

The Investigators: The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the BLM at 800-637-9152. Calls are confidential.

Resources: The HSUS’s Wild Horse and Burro Program works to promote and advocate for the humane and effective management of wild horses and burros on federal lands.  The HSUS and the Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.  Other services include assistance with internet wildlife trafficking investigations, donation of robotic decoys and forensic equipment, funds to support wildlife K-9 programs, outreach to prosecutors to encourage vigorous prosecution of poachers, and legislative work to strengthen penalties for poaching.