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Authorities investigating deaths of 2 wild horses in Arizona, $2,000 reward offered

These wild horses were observed in Game Management Unit 10. These are feral horses that do not belong to anyone. (Photo by Don Martin)

These wild horses were observed in Game Management Unit 10. These are feral horses that do not belong to anyone. (Photo by Don Martin)

HEBER (AP) – Authorities are investigating the deaths of two wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in northern Arizona.

The Heber Wild Horse group says two stallions were found dead Saturday along Forest Service Road 50 and had gunshot wounds.

The Navajo County Sheriff's Department has turned over the investigation to U.S. Forest Service officials.

A $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the deaths of the wild horses is being offered by the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.

Officials with the Scottsdale-based nonprofit say three wild horses were shot in the Salt River area in 2016 and one horse later died.

Anyone with information about the horse killings is asked to call the U.S. Forest Service at 928-333-4301.