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3 backpacking horses shot in Gallatin County

Posted at 4:03 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 18:03:40-04

BIG SKY – The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of three horses at their winter ranging pasture in Madison Valley.

All three horses survived the shots to the neck, which occurred on different dates starting earlier this summer.

“A one-time act could be random, but at this point it appears to be an intentional act,” said Gallatin County Undersheriff Dan Springer.

Jake’s Horses operates its backpacking and horse riding company out of Big Sky, but the horses also spend time in Madison Valley for winter range or other needs. All three horses shot were at the Madison Valley property.

Springer said it’s a challenging investigation because of the shootings’ somewhat remote location.

— story by Mallory Peebles – MTN News