More than 40 burros have been illegally shot, killed in the Mojave Desert since May

An investigation is underway after 42 burros have been found shot and killed over the past few months in the Mojave Desert.

Officials have found 42 wild burro carcasses with gunshot wounds along the I-15 corridor since the beginning of May. The animals have been discovered between Halloran Springs to Primm, Nevada, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Wild burros and horses are federally protected from being captured or killed under a law passed in 1971.

“Wild horses and burros are an iconic part of the American West, and part of our national heritage,” said BLM Deputy Director William Perry Pendley in a statement. “We will pursue every lead until we’ve arrested and prosecuted those responsible for these cruel, savage deaths, and we welcome the public’s help to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.”

A reward of over $18,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the WeTip hotline at 800-78CRIME (800-782-7463) or visit

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