The US Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to conduct an emergency roundup of about 100 wild horses around the Clan Alpine Mountains of northern Nevada.
BLM officials say the roundup expected to start this week is necessary because of a 6,200 acre wildfire this summer that destroyed forage for the animals.
Agency spokesman Mark Struble says the burn area will be closed to grazing to all animals, including livestock, for up to two years to allow re-establishment of native vegetation.
About 550 wild horses currently roam the Clan Alpine Herd Management Area east of Fallon, with about 100 of them in the burn
Struble says no horses gathered will be returned because the remaining horses will repopulate the area naturally over time.