Nevada Farm Bureau, Counties Sue Over Wild Horses

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two Nevada organizations have sued the federal government, alleging mismanagement of wild horses has led to excessive damage to rangelands and the animals themselves.

The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and the Nevada Association of Counties named Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management as defendants in their lawsuit filed Dec. 30 in U.S. District Court.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the groups argue the BLM should "destroy" horses that are deemed unadoptable. The BLM has opposed the sale of horses for slaughter.

The agency has removed nearly 100,000 horses from the Western range over the last decade, citing a federal law that requires the protection of "the natural ecological balance" on public lands and the removal of "excess" horses.

BLM spokeswoman Celia Boddington declined to comment Sunday on the suit.