RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal land managers say the drought is prompting plans to remove an unspecified number of wild horses from a large swath of the range in northeastern Nevada - two years after they removed some 1,400 mustangs from the same area.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has released the final environmental assessment for its plans cull the herd around the Triple B, Maverick and Antelope Valley herd management areas in Elko and White Pine counties.
While they haven't said how many horses they plan to remove, BLM officials say the 1.8-million acre area they're targeting is home to roughly 1,500 wild horses but it can only sustain 548 to 1,015 mustangs.
Horse advocates are criticizing the agency's plan, saying the animals should remain on the range because the number of wild horses in government holding facilities has reached a record high at a growing cost to taxpayers
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