Four racehorses dead on opening day at Rillito

"You know what, it's [a] sadness you don't get over," Rillito Racetrack General Manager Mike Weiss said. "But I'm excited for next weekend." TV station KVOA report that four race horses are dead following 2022's first weekend of racing at Tucson's famed horse track, Rillito Park. According to the Rillito Racing Management Team, two horses… Continue reading Four racehorses dead on opening day at Rillito

Wild donkeys and horses dig wells that provide water for a host of desert species

A new study finds these equine wells attracted 59 other vertebrate species, boasting 64 percent more species than the surrounding landscape by SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | 3 May 2021 Wild horses and donkeys are often considered a problem in the American West, but new research suggests their penchant for digging wells with their hooves offers benefits… Continue reading Wild donkeys and horses dig wells that provide water for a host of desert species

Salt River’s Wild Horses thrive with the help of loving volunteers

Salt River Wild Horses

WBIR CH. 10 NEWS via Emily Powers (KPNX) — Wild horses on the banks of Salt River are a sight that visitors and Arizonans alike love to see when they go to the area on float trips or just looking for a good photo opportunity.  The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group with the oversight… Continue reading Salt River’s Wild Horses thrive with the help of loving volunteers

BLM approves plan to remove 1,000 Black Mountain burros

Wild Burros. Arizona. BLM Image..

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan to gather and remove 1,000 wild burros from the Black Mountain Herd Management Area east of Bullhead City. The Kingman Field Office announced the plan after the agency signed the decision record last week, authorizing the removal of excess animals beginning next month to protect… Continue reading BLM approves plan to remove 1,000 Black Mountain burros

Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

Bucking bronco. Prescott Frontier Days, Prescott, Arizona. Image by Julie Jacobson (Associated Press).

Prescott Frontier Days in Arizona, billed as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo”, is going ahead June 29 — July 5, 2020 despite increased cases of COVID-19 across the US. A record spike has been reported in six states, including Arizona (see more below in Related Reading). In the meantime, Cowboy Resource Network states: “Tens of thousands… Continue reading Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

At least 15 wild horses shot since the beginning of 2020

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ (March 20, 2020) — Fugitive Watch reports: Authorities know from necropsies what killed four of a dozen wild horses that were recently found dead in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The iconic symbols of the American West were shot. Now, investigators want to know who shot the horses — part of the federally protected… Continue reading At least 15 wild horses shot since the beginning of 2020

Final day to take action for Heber horses

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HEBER, AZ — March 16 is the deadline for public comment on the fate of the Heber Wild Horses. Submit your comment here. Talking points at the end of this page. Why it is so important Last week, the Forest Service released its proposed management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory. It includes plans to limit the horses’… Continue reading Final day to take action for Heber horses

Wild horse killings leave Arizona community on edge

Heber Wild Horse. iStock image.

TAKE ACTION! DENVER, March 6 (UPI) — Someone has been shooting wild horses in a national forest near Heber-Obergaard, Ariz., for the last 16 months, and the unsolved crimes are tearing apart the small community. Some 35 horses have been found dead in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, with most of them killed by bullets, authorities… Continue reading Wild horse killings leave Arizona community on edge

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests release Heber wild horse management plan

Heber Wild Horse. iStock image.

HEBER, AZ — The forest service has released its draft plan for how to manage the wild horse herd in Arizona's White Mountains. The 47-page management plan from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests proposes a large reduction in the size of the herd. Currently estimated at around 500 horses, forest officials are calling for a reduction… Continue reading Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests release Heber wild horse management plan

More horses reported dead near Heber Wild Horse Territory

Heber Wild Horse. iStock image.

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ — The death count has risen in recently reported cases of horse slayings within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Following a report earlier this month that a total of eight horses were found dead, largely from gunshot wounds, the Forest Service is now reporting that an additional seven horses were discovered. That brings the current… Continue reading More horses reported dead near Heber Wild Horse Territory