Report: Handling of Wild Horse Roundups Praised

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has released a report by four independent equine experts that praises the handling of three wild horse roundups over the summer.

The experts from major universities across the country observed government gathers in the Owyhee Herd Management Area of Nevada,
the Stinking Waters area of Oregon and the Twin Peaks area of California.

Among other things, they found horses "did not exhibit undue stress or show signs of extreme sweating or duress" while being herded by helicopter to holding pens.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign criticized the report, branding it as "biased and politically motivated."

The campaign, a coalition of 40 groups, says the report glosses over the humane issues that have triggered congressional concern.
The observers were selected by the American Horse Protection Association.