BLM Plans Emergency Wild Horse Roundup Near Lovelock

LOVELOCK (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will conduct
an emergency roundup of more than 330 wild horses from a herd in
northern Nevada, citing limited water and forage for the animals.

Beginning Tuesday, the BLM will remove horses from the North
Stillwater Herd Management Area, located along the Pershing-Churchill county line about 30 miles east of Lovelock.

Plans call for the herd to be reduced to about 138 horses, which BLM officials say is the appropriate level the area can sustain.

The horses will be gathered with the help of a helicopter, and shipped to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Polomino Valley near Reno, where they will be prepared for adoption to the public.

Earlier this month, the BLM announced plans to gather about 1,700 wild horses from the Nevada range, citing ongoing drought, dwindling forage and an over-abundance of animals.

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