Two Men Plead Guilty to Killing Wild Burros in Mojave Desert

Two Men Plead Guilty to Killing Wild Burros in Mojave Desert

Two men, Cameron John Feikema and Christopher James Arnet, have pleaded guilty to federal charges for using short-barreled rifles to kill three wild burros in the Mojave Desert. The plea deal reached with prosecutors could result in probation rather than prison time for the pair, who face up to 10 years behind bars for their gun offenses alone.

Feikema, a 36-year-old resident of Yorba Linda, and Arnet, a 32-year-old from Loveland, Colorado, each admitted to a felony count of possessing an unregistered firearm and a misdemeanor count of maliciously causing the death of a burro on public lands. The guilty pleas were part of an agreement with prosecutors, as confirmed by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

According to court records, on the late evening of November 5, 2021, Feikema and Arnet equipped themselves with tactical gear, including ballistic helmets with night vision goggles, and drove into the desert north of Yermo in San Bernardino County. Armed with unregistered short-barreled rifles resembling assault rifles, the men fired at least 13 shots around 1 a.m., resulting in the deaths of three wild burros.

Prosecutors detailed that one burro was shot near its spine, causing paralysis and severe pain before its demise. The bullet extracted from the animal matched the rifle used by Arnet. As part of their plea agreement, Feikema and Arnet have agreed to surrender their rifles, over 4,000 rounds of ammunition, night vision goggles, and other tactical gear.

The maximum sentence for the firearm charge is 10 years in federal prison, while the charge of killing the burros carries a maximum sentence of one year. However, under the plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend no more than three years of probation, home detention, and a fine of up to $2,000 for each defendant.

The killing of wild burros, protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, has been an ongoing issue. In the summer of 2019, at least 42 burro carcasses with gunshot wounds were discovered in various stages of decomposition along Interstate 15 between Baker, California, and Primm, Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) considered it one of the largest killings of its kind on public land under its management.

The search for individuals responsible for these acts continues, as confirmed by the BLM. In January, the agency announced a $10,000 reward for information aiding their investigation. At that time, the BLM also identified two vehicles of interest related to the killing of 19 burros found on August 13, 2019.

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2 Responses

  1. This is absolutely outrageous and sickening! How could anyone have such a complete disregard for innocent animals? These two men, Cameron John Feikema and Christopher James Arnet, should be ashamed of themselves for their cruel and senseless actions.

    Wild burros, like any other living beings, deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. They are a part of our natural ecosystem and have every right to live peacefully in their habitats. It is beyond comprehension how someone could derive pleasure from taking the lives of

  2. Did you know that wild burros, also known as wild donkeys, are protected under federal law in the United States? It is illegal to harm or kill them without proper authorization.

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