Heber Wild Horses

A Heber Wild Horse grazing in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests on the Black Mesa Ranger District.

UPDATE: The Forest Service is aware of the incident and are investigating, according to a brief statement issued Friday morning.

"... we are in the critical first hours and do not want to jeopardize the investigation," stated Forest Supervisor Anthony Madrid. 

The USFS will be issuing a press release with information after initial investigations.

"We take these incidents seriously and appreciate the public's cooperation while law enforcement does their work," stated Madrid. 

HEBER/OVERGAARD - A Facebook post began circulating on Thursday night alleging that a Heber Wild Horse foal and possibly other horses in the herd were allegedly shot. The foal was reported to have been euthanized on site.  The incident occurred on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and was posted by the Heber Wild Horses group. 

The information has not been confirmed by the USFS, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) or any other entity as the information was posted after business hours. 

The Independent has reached out to ASNF authorities and other agencies for more information. 

More than 24 Heber Wild Horses have been shot to death between October 2018 and the spring of 2020. This information has been confirmed by multiple press releases issued by the Forest Service.

The crimes are being investigated by the Law Enforcement Office of the Forest Service, also according to the Forest Service. To date, no suspects or leads have been shared with the public. No arrests have been made during the two-year time period referenced above despite public outcry, community meetings and a $5,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) shooting the animals.

Heber Wild Horses are federally protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. 

If you have information, contact WeTip at 1-800-782-7462 or 1-800-78CRIME or visit www.wetip.com. If the public encounters an injured or deceased horse, please contact the Black Mesa Ranger District at 928-535-7300. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Reach the reporter at

lsingleton@wmicentral.com

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

(2) comments

Justsayin141

This is so ridiculous. The horse killers have admitted their crime and still get away with it. oh no no no. Now that the justice department will be run by new legitimate leadership, it is absolutely time to pummel the US Attorney for AZ. The complaint is going today and I will call them everyday until they do something. Enough is Enough!!!

Justsayin141

So The Forest Service LE has video evidence of horse killing roundups in the Forest. They got it when the pyscho poacher of Heber was finally arrested by AZFGD last year. Also, one of the horse killers actually posted a comment admitting the crime at the end of my opinion piece in the paper. What else does is going to take to fix this?? Maybe the FS supervisor should give us a clue.

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