A Holbrook teenager has been charged with animal cruelty and hunting offences after allegedly firing multiple arrows into two horses, killing one.
A brumby stallion was found dead at the Kosciuszko National Park on Wednesday and a grey brumby colt was found injured nearby.
The dead horse had arrow wounds to its stomach and shoulder, with an arrow tip still embedded in the animal.
The injured brumby was left with an arrow sticking out from its shoulder.
A photograph taken at the scene shows a long trail of blood coming from the wound.
Other images show blood on snow near the scene and what appears to be blood on the recovered arrow.
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The injured animal was still able to walk and left with a mob of horses, with work still under way to locate it.
Police were alerted to the shootings and were able to track the path of the injured brumbies and seize a broken arrow.
Officers were told that two 17-year-old boys allegedly involved in the incident had become bogged in a car and sought assistance.
They left before police could speak to them, but investigators were given the vehicle's number plate details.
The car was spotted in Cooma a short time later and both teens were arrested.
The Holbrook resident was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty, hunting in a national park, and possessing a bow and dog in a national park.
He must appear before the Cooma Childrens Court on December 9.
The other 17-year-old, from Tallangatta, was fined $500 for having a bow in a national park.
Police urge anyone with information about rural crime to call 1800 333 000.
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