Ranchers, BLM settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

Posted: Apr 5, 2013

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Associated Press
Wild horses

A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming.

Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in four herd areas, down from the current population of just under 2,000 horses in those areas north and south of Rock Springs. Many remaining horses would be sterilized or receive fertility control treatments so they don't reproduce.

Wild horse advocacy groups that intervened in the case objected, saying Thursday that the settlement threatened to "wipe out" wild horses in the area.

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