September 17, 2014
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to begin an emergency wild horse gather in northern Nevada on
Friday because of drought conditions.
The federal agency says it plans to remove 630 mustangs from the Jackson Mountains northwest of Winnemucca.
Officials say the BLM began hauling water to troughs in the region last month, but there is no suitable forage for the animals because of the drought and the health of the horses is deteriorating.
An estimated 930 horses, including this year's foals, roam the mountains.
Agency officials say while BLM policy is to not round up horses during the foaling season, the drought conditions make removal of the horses an emergency and the gather will begin a month early.
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