“We are deeply disturbed by this wanton crime and the senseless slaying of our nation’s wild burros,” Kitty Block, president of the Humane Society, said in a statement. “Anyone who is capable of this level of violence must be held accountable.”

BLM authorities agree.

“The cruelty involved in shooting these burros and leaving them to die warrants prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” BLM’s deputy director for policy and programs, William Perry Pendley, said in a statement Wednesday. “We thank the animal welfare groups for adding their voices to those organizations who value these iconic symbols of the West.”

The BLM has teamed with conservation and animal welfare organizations to offer a reward leading to the capture of the shooter. As of now, that reward stands at $58,000. “With the increasing reward now on the table, we’re confident that someone will come forward with actionable information soon,” Pendley said.

» Read more about this in an article by Justin Housman at Adventure Journal