Forest Service Investigating Arizona Wild Horse Deaths

The U.S. Forest Service and Navajo County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office are investigating after finding seven dead wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest last month.
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The U.S. Forest Service is investigating after finding seven dead wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, in central Arizona, last month. | Photo: iStock

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is investigating after finding seven dead wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, in central Arizona, last month. The Navajo County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the probe.

Last fall, the remains of two horses belonging to the federally protected Herber herd were found in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Authorities suspect those horses were shot.

Beginning on Jan. 23, acting on several tips, USFS investigators discovered more horse carcasses. They used drones to find a total of  seven dead horses, including a pregnant mare, said Marc Thomas, media relations officer for the  USFS’ Southwestern Region

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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