Ten Utah men charged with stealing wild burros from the Gold Butte herd north of Mesquite, Nev., have been ordered to appear before a U.S. magistrate April 11.
They are charged with violating the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act.Maxine Shane, a spokesman for the BLM, said law enforcement officers were tipped in advance that burros were being stolen from their natural home in the Gold Butte area where more than 400 burros roam.
The men were arrested when a trailer transporting burros drove into Mesquite Sunday loaded with burros. One colt died Sunday of unknown causes and another burro died Monday of excessive physical exertion, said Shane.
The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act prohibits the removal, abuse or harassment of wild horses and burros on public lands. The maximum penalty for violating the federal law is a $5,000 fine and one year in prison.
Prosecutors identified the suspects as Kerry Hafen, Jerry Parker, Harvey Mangum, William Sullivan, Sherrell Newby, Gary Allred, Kenneth Thompson and Robert C. Bowler, all of St. George; Bob L. Bowler, of Veyo; and Wendell Hunt, of Enterprise.