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Authorities: Four more wild horses found dead near Heber

Posted at 1:35 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 00:39:46-05

HEBER-OVERGAARD, AZ — In an update Monday, authorities said four more wild horses have been found dead in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The bodies were found February 7 inside the Heber Wild Horse Territory near 300 Road, according to a release from the national forest.

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The deaths bring the total number of deceased horses found since October to 16. Of those, 10 have been found to have evidence of gunshot wounds. Five had severely decomposed and their causes of death remained undetermined, while one died of blunt-force trauma typically associated with a motor vehicle collision, according to a news release.

The forest service is working with the Navajo and Coconino county sheriff's offices on the investigation into the horses' deaths. Anyone with information is asked to call the Navajo County Sheriff's Office tipline, 1-800-78CRIME.