Wild horses shot dead

BLM investigates the shooting deaths of six mustangs

Bureau of Land Management officials in Cedarville are investigating the shooting deaths of six wild mustangs.

Carcasses of the animals were found on Dec. 5 along the Nevada-California border in Washoe County, according to ABC affiliate KOLO-TV. The horses are thought to have been deceased for a couple of weeks.

Wild horses are federally protected, but the animals have been targets many times before. The shootings come amid controversy surrounding a federal plan to round up thousands of wild mustangs in Nevada.

In Defense of Animals, a California-based animal-protection agency, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the government from conducting helicopter-assisted roundups. The group maintains that the plan violates the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971.