About 300 wild horses are being gathered from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada despite objections from wild horse advocacy groups.
Opponents claim the roundup is harmful to foals and that captured horses are slaughtered. Refuge officials say the allegations are false.
Complex manager Paul Steblein says the horses need to be removed
to protect habitat and other native wildlife, including pronghorn
antelope, sage grouse, mule deer and bighorn sheep.
He adds that cattle grazing was permanently removed from the
refuge near the Nevada-Oregon line in the early 1990s because of
conflicts with wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Refuge officials estimate more than 15-hundred horses live on
the refuge. A management plan calls for the removal of all but
about 100 horses.