Advocates Say Government Should Save Wild Horses

By: Oskar Garcia AP
By: Oskar Garcia AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Wild horse advocates meeting in Las Vegas say
federal agencies have to change the way they manage the animals on
public land to keep them from going extinct in five years.

Advocates also want to keep the Bureau of Land Management from euthanizing horses, which federal officials say may be necessary to
prevent horses from starving to death on overpopulated ranges.

International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros President Karen Sussman says the BLM and other agencies should
consolidate and redirect money from other programs to fund wild
horse programs.

The BLM says paying for keeping horses in federal facilities keeps the agency from doing other things, like gathers and adoptions.

There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses in 10 Western states. About half are in Nevada.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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