Toll Rises to 450 in Nevada Horse Slaughter

Associated Press

A search in central Nevada has found 180 more slaughtered wild horses, bringing to 450 the total number of mustangs believed shot to death in the last month, Bureau of Land Management officials said Tuesday.

“Every time we go out there, we seem to find more,” said Bob Stewart, a bureau spokesman. “The carnage . . . was terrible, almost unbelievable.”

The carcasses have been found in wild horse management areas on unfenced federal land. Killing them is a violation of the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a $2,000 fine and one year in jail for each dead animal.