PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A central Oregon sheriff’s officer says three wild horses have been fatally shot in the Ochoco National Forest about 30 miles east of Prineville.

Crook County sheriff’s Sgt. James Savage said Tuesday that Forest Service law enforcement officers went to the area Sunday after getting a report from hunters. They found three shot horses, two adults and an adolescent. Savage says the animals appeared to have been shot several days earlier.

KTVZ-TV reports (http://is.gd/cn11aJ ) that Forest Service Capt. Dan Smith says one of the three horses was found barely alive with mortal injuries and an officer euthanized it.

In the spring of 2011, a total of six wild horses were found fatally shot in the Ochocos. No arrests have been made in that case despite a $4,000 reward.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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