WPR News
8:15 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Groups want to thwart BLM horse plans

Rock Springs, WY – Two environmental groups want a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from proceeding with a plan to round up and castrate
hundreds of wild stallions in southwestern Wyoming. The Western Watersheds Project and American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign filed a federal lawsuit Monday.
The BLM plans to round up nearly 900 wild horses from the White Mountain/Little Colorado herd management areas between Rock Springs and La Barge starting next month. The agency plans to castrate all the stallions it can capture and release 177 of them back to the range as geldings.
The BLM estimates nearly 1,000 wild horses live in the area. It
says there should be no more than 400.
A BLM spokeswoman declined comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.