Police and rangers investigate after two animals die at popular tourist spot


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – After two animals were killed in the popular Cowboy Trail Rides tourist site on Fossil Ridge and Charleston in the Red Rock Conservation Area, park rangers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) tried find out who is responsible.

Cowboy Trail Rides ranch manager Michael Flood said he was worried about the rest of his animals following a series of attacks on his horses and mules.

“When you hear about innocent animals being slaughtered, I think you have to be a sick individual not to mind a bit,” Flood said.

The first incident began four weeks ago when Flood suspected someone had unlocked the door and let all the horses out.

“After that, we had a very healthy 3-year-old horse that we had ridden the day before and were with. He was found dead in the paddock the next morning,” Flood told 8 News Now. “We can’t confirm he was shot, but there were just a bunch of weird things that made us suspicious, but we really didn’t investigate because you don’t think anyone would come near. and shoot at your horses.”

Flood said he had never experienced anything like it in his 26 years in the business.

“The following weekend we had more horses and that was a bit strange, then last Saturday we had one of our mules in the paddock, and she was shot in the head and killed “, continued Flood. “And we confirmed that she was shot in the head.”

Cowboy Trail Rides is located on BLM land, and BLM rangers are investigating the case with the help of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. In the meantime, Flood asks the community for help.

“If they have any information leading to the guy or heard anyone say anything about Cowboy Trail Rides and not liking horses we would like information provided to the rangers or BLM or anyone who is willing to to help. We would love all the help we can get,” Flood said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous.


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