State officials investigate wild horse killings

Agriculture Department offering cash rewards for anonymous tips
at (775) 322-4900. Lines are open 24/7.

WRITTEN BY ED PEARCE

Cross-posted from KOLO News

Popular Paint Mustang who was found shot to death.
A big beautiful Paint (seen here) popular with locals and tourists was found shot to death. Some called him Damien. Others called him Flash or Railway Man. Another wild horse, a bay called Noman, was found near death, shot with arrows, and had to be euthanized. State Police are searching for the killers. KOLO.

LYON COUNTY, NV – Some called him “Railroad Man” or “Flash.”

The crews and passengers on the V&T Railroad who saw the paint stallion leading his band near American Flat almost every trip called him “Damien.”

By whatever name he had many fans. In fact he starred in many tourists’ memories and videos of their trip to the Comstock.

“It was the highlight of their trip to Nevada,” says the railroad’s Vice President Thomas Gray.

“Probably the greatest photo op was when he took his band and he ran alongside the train for a full mile at the same pace as the train. It was wonderful.”

Today, the big stallion is a rotting carcass, not far from a Mound House neighborhood, shot and killed a couple of weeks ago.

Then yesterday another wild stallion, a bay called “Noman” was found on a nearby hillside.

“He had been shot with arrows,” says Bob Conrad of the Department of Agriculture, “and he was near death when we arrived on scene. We had to euthanize him

Both incidents are now under investigation.

Time was, killing a wild horse would get you the legal equivalent of a slap on the hand.

No more.

It’s now a felony. The penalty is up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Conrad hopes the killers will be caught and he’s asking the public for help. The Ag Department is offering through Secret Witness, a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest and prosecution.

The longtime crime fighting organization takes calls 24/7, paying cash rewards while keeping tipsters anonymous. Their number is (775) 322-4900.

Sharing in the blame with whoever is responsible for these killings may be some people living nearby who see them every day.

The horses are a common sight in the Mound House area [just East of Carson City] and other rural neighborhoods. They come here because some people feed them and in time they have no fear of people.

That makes them a vulnerable, easy target for whoever is responsible for killings like these latest..

Feeding them, one local advocate told us, “Isn’t kindness. It’s a death sentence.”

It’s also against the law.


Story and video at KOLO’s website >>

See also “Two estray horses dead after shootings east of Carson City; reward offered”; Reno Gazette-Journal; Sept. 17, 2013

8 thoughts on “State officials investigate wild horse killings”

  1. A friend of my mom and I gave me a book about wild horses as a gift. It turns out that there was a strikingly similar incident to this one. Back in 1998, 33 horses were shot and killed by three men because they believed that the Mustangs would make good target practice. Shockingly, they were Comstock Mustangs, just like the ones that were killed recently. I’m not sure if this will shed any light on what just happened, but one thing is for certain: I hope that whomever is responsible will be rightfully convicted and be brought to justice.

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    1. Thank you for your comments & observations… I totally agree with you…. This is insane (to say the least)…. I feel very angry about this injustice for the innocent ones!!! What can we do 2 help, but 2 support the powerful orgs. who have a much louder voice??

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  2. Can you give me a citation of the law that changed it to a felony? Is this for the state or national?

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  3. He was a beautiful horse. Bow hunting adds nothing but absolute cruelty to killing. Most animals just suffer inexorably before having to be put down when found. It should be banned. This is a very sad state for animals and humans.

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    1. Bow Hunting 4 horses.. R u kidding me??? This an insane method of killing any animal… But Ted Nugent believes in this method of killing animals… to provide food for his family….. UGH!!!??

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  4. How could anyone come to the point of killing these beautiful horses just look at that paint, he is just absolutely beautiful, this makes almost sick and so very sad.

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