Reward Reaches $50K for Information Leading to Arrest in Shootings of Burros

Aug 29, 2019

An anonymous donor has given more than $30,000 to fund a reward for information that leads to whoever has killed more than 40 protected wild burros in the Southern California desert.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management shows two feral burros in the Mojave Desert within the BLM's Needles, Calif., Field Office.
Credit (U.S. Bureau of Land Management via AP, File)

The Humane Society says a donor from its burro protection initiative, the Platero Project, put up the money making the total reward $50,000. The Humane Society donated $2,500.

Forty-two burros with gunshot wounds have been found along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 15 in the Mojave Desert since May.

Killing a protected burro is punishable by a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

Rewards of $2,500, $5,000 and $1,000 are offered, respectively, by the American Wild Horse Campaign, Return to Freedom and The Cloud Foundation organizations.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering $10,000.