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Another Wild Horse Found Dead In Apache-Sitgreaves Forests

Rangers in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have found another dead horse in the same area near Heber. It is the 17th horse found dead in six months.

Betty Nixon with the Wild Horse Freedom Preservation Alliance says they've set up cameras south of Heber to catch what they believe is a poacher in the act.

"There's some evil cowards out there that are doing this," she said, "and they need to be caught and they need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Investigators with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are not ready to blame the latest death on man, but have confirmed ten out of the prior 16 wild horses, found dead since October, had evidence of gunshot wounds.

Those cases are still under investigation.

"You know they have to be able to have good, solid evidence to be able to take into court. So, they make sure they dot every 'i' and cross every T,'" says forest spokesman Steve Johnson.

He acknowledged it can be frustrating to wait, but said decomposition in this and six other cases has made it harder to tell the cause of death.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.