Assembly Ups Penalties for Feeding Wild Horses

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Don't feed the horses. That's the message the Nevada Assembly is sending with passage of a bill increases penalties for feeding estray or feral livestock.

Republican Assemblyman Tom Grady of Yerington says AB264 isn't about Nevada's wild horses but public safety.

It's intended to discourage feeding horses, which lures the animals to populated areas, creating hazards on roads and highways.

Under the measure, violators would be given a warning for a first offense. After that it would be a gross misdemeanor carrying a possible fine of up to $2,000.

The bill passed the Assembly on a 30-9 vote.

It now heads to the Senate.