Bill Targets BLM's Wild Horse Shipments to Montana

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A Montana state lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plan of relocating to Montana wild horses from other states.

The Montana Standard reports in a story published Friday that Democrat Sen. Kendall Van Dyk of Billings sponsored the bill to require the Montana Department of Livestock to develop a management plan for wild horses imported into the state.

The bill would require a permit fee of at least $100 for each imported wild horse or burro.

The BLM rounds up wild horses in Western states that officials say would otherwise overpopulate and starve.

The BLM recently shipped 700 of the horses to a long-term holding facility in Montana.

Van Dyk says the BLM is trying dump its wild horse problem onto Montana.