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10/29/2020

A Jefferson County woman is asking for help in finding the person who shot her horse with an arrow while riding in the Kettle Moraine Forest Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the death of the horse. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is now searching for the hunter associated with the arrow, after the horse had to be put down due to the extent of its injuries. 

The incident occurred shortly before 3:15 p.m., according to a release from the DNR, near Viele Lane near Palmyra.

Lisa Schreier, who owned the horse, said she and two friends were out riding on the horse trails in the forest, talking and laughing. Schreier said she was riding another of her horses and a friend was riding the horse, named Sam, that was struck with the arrow. At the time, the friend was wearing a bright red vest. 

The three didn’t see any sign of a hunter in the woods, but quickly set to work trying to stop the blood flowing from the horse’s leg. At first Schreier used her sweatshirt as a tourniquet and then a strap from the saddle. She and her friends were able to get the horse out of the woods and into a trailer on a nearby road. While loading the horse, she said the scene was surreal. 

“It was like a nightmare, a TV show with all the lights flashing,” she said. 

Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Palmyra police and DNR all responded to the scene. 

Schreier and her husband were able to get the horse to a nearby equine clinic, but because of the location of the injury, she made the tough decision to put the animal down.

Schreier, who has owned the horse for the last six and a half years, said she is devastated by the loss and wondering if the arrow was an accident or a purposeful shot. 

“I think the hunter may have been mad that we were scaring the wildlife,” she said. 

Schreier, who rides the trails in the Kettle Moraine Forest several times a week, said she’s concerned for the safety of others recreating on the land as well. 

“There are mountain bike trails and hiking trails in there, too,” she said. “It could have been a person very easily.” 

The DNR has not released any other details on the incident. 

There are several hunting seasons open now including small game and archery and crossbow deer seasons. The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine is open to hunting and it’s not unusual for horseback riders, hunters and others to be in that park now, said Lt. John Sinclair of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement.

“We’re trying to determine if this was an arrow shot by a hunter, and trying to figure out who that hunter might be,” Sinclair said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

“We understand it’s a living being and it means the world to that family, and we take it very seriously. Not only did (whoever shot the arrow) put the horse at risk but it put the rider at risk,” said Sinclair.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the DNR Violation Hotline 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367.

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