Eighty wild horses were captured yesterday according to the daily reports, with no deaths reported.
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Thirty federally protected horses have been found dead of possible gunshot wounds in the last 15 months and the investigation has not turned up any suspects or motives.
Some residents and visitors to the forest are worried that the shooter could pose a threat to the public, according to a report posted today by the White Mountain Independent.
A resolution was introduced yesterday in the Kentucky state senate calling for the creation of an Abandoned Horse Task Force. If approved, the group would discuss the problems caused by abandoned horses, ways to stop individuals from abandoning their horses and ways to remove horses currently running at large, according to a report posted today by the Louisville Courier Journal.
The three surviving horses are still roaming the area near the mine and the reward for information on the shootings has risen to $23,000.
Investigators have confirmed that 12 of the 15 animals died from gunshot wounds but the cause of death for the remaining three was not determined, according to a report posted today by FOX10 News of Phoenix.
The story by ABC15 News has a few more details.
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These free-roaming horses are protected by federal law whether they are on their designated territory or not.
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