Back in February I posted about a number of burros shot in Arizona. In that post I talked about a number of unsolved wild horse and burro shootings that were unsolved or improperly prosecuted. Since then there has not only been no resolution of the horrific case of the burro shootings, but the whole issue seems to have disappeared from the public focus. This means that short of someone coming in and confessing to ease their troubled mind, it is doubtful that it will ever be solved.
However, according to the Billings Gazette there has been another shooting. This time the shooter killed 3 horses at the federal corral in Rock Springs, Wyoming. The shooting occurred some time before employees returned to work on the morning of June 12, 2009. Two of the horses were privately owned and one was a wild horse from a recent gather. This time there are "a number of leads" and it is possible that it will be solved as the majority of horses were privately owned and not those pesky mustangs. The article mentions that in 2001 "more than 30" wild horses were shot in the area and that case has never been solved. That case in unlikely to ever be solved.
It is time that EVERY case of shooting wild horses and/or burros is not only solved, but prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The failure of our government acting on their behalf is due to the public's perceived apathy. It is time that we speak out and let them know that we are NOT apathetic and we care deeply about the well being and safety of OUR wild horses and burros. The BLM has a webform available on their site for the public to make comments about the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Please also ask your Senators and Congressperson to direct the BLM to enforce and ensure the safety of our wild horses and burros on public lands. (While speaking to them please also express your support for the ROAM Act, HR 1018, and ask for their support in passing this bill to further protect our wild horses and burros from extinction.) For more information on how you can help or issues plaguing the program visit the website Save Our Wild Horses, sponsored by the AHDF, or the blog American Herds.