$5K reward offered in wild burro shooting near Lake Pleasant

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting two wild burros near Lake Pleasant.

The burros were found shot to death west of Castle Hot Springs Road in the Bureau of Land Management's Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area northwest of Phoenix on Jan. 26. The BLM is investigating the incident.

The Humane Society of the United States, through its Platero Project, is offering a $5,000 reward to help find the perpetrators.

"We hope that the reward will assist in the BLM's effort to find the killers of these burros and bring them to justice," said Kari Nienstedt, Arizona state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "Wild burros are protected under federal law as living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West that enrich the lives of the American people. They must be cherished and protected on the habitat that remains for these noble animals in the American West. We thank the BLM for investigating this tragic incident."

Wild burros and horses are protected by law under the Wild Free -- Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The Bureau of Land Management said perpetrators could be fined up to $2,000 or imprisoned for a year, or both.

Anyone with information on the killings should contact the BLM at 1-800-637-9152. All calls are confidential.