RENO, Nev. (AP) - The largest wild horse and burro show in the country is coming to Nevada later this month at a time organizers say it is important to educate the public about the animals and their fate on the range.
The National Wild Horse Center will host the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo at the Reno Livestock Events Center Aug. 15-17.
The event has been around for 17 years but sponsors say this year's event is especially important because of the large number of horses that are increasing both on the range and in captivity.
With more than 33,000 wild horses in federal holding facilities, the Bureau of Land Management is considering euthanizing some to offset the high costs of keeping them. The bill is expected to reach $30 million this year.
Bart Lawrence, the agency's vice president, hopes people will begin to see the mustangs as an "American symbol."
The event will feature contests for mustang and burro owners as well as clinics that will allow owners or potential adopters to ask questions about keeping wild horses, demonstrating the training process of the former wild animals.
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