RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal land managers say they ended a roundup of wild horses in northern Nevada by removing some 200 more mustangs from the range than planned because of the animals' poor body condition.
Bureau of Land Management officials say nearly 800 horses were removed from the Diamond Complex north of Eureka during the two-plus-week operation that ended Wednesday.
They say they were forced to exceed the original target of 600 horses because of reduced forage due to last year's drought and stress from recent snowstorms.
But Anne Novak of California-based Protect Mustangs says the BLM "always (has) some excuse to take native wild horses off the range."
She says she and other horse defenders are upset because far too many mustangs have been removed from the range by the BLM.