42 Wild Burros Shot Dead in Mojave Desert, $58,000 Reward Posted for Identifying Killer

Some people just don’t have any respect for nature and animals and find hunting an amusing past-time activity. The US Bureau of Land Management joined forces with animal rights activist groups in order to identify the ruthless killer of 42 Mojave Desert’s iconic burros, found shot dead.
They have posted a reward of $58,000 for anyone who has information on the suspect and can help them in the investigation of this case. The horrible events started occurring last year, in May and by the end of August, the total number of killed burros rose to 42.
The animals were a part of a larger group of 120 that roam freely in the Clark Mountain Herd Area of California. If caught the suspect is also facing serious jail time, as the punishment for such acts in 1 year of incarceration per animal. Unfortunately, burros were targeted by many over the years, as killing sprees like this have become more and more common since the 1950s.
In 1971 the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burrows Act defined the animals as a living symbol of the West and forbid their hunting.
This allowed the population in the Southwest to reach the number of 16,000. Hopefully, those guilty will be found soon and charged for the crimes they have committed. It is the only way to discourage others from creating such horrendous acts and harming innocent creatures.

source: washingtonpost.com

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