The Bureau of Land Management is backing a proposal to open a wild horse sanctuary in the Centennial Valley.
The BLM announced its decision Wednesday following a month-long public comment period.
The owners of the 4,000-acre Deerwood Ranch about 30 miles west of Laramie want to provide long-term care for up to 300 wild horses gathered from Wyoming rangelands. The horses would not be kept on public lands and would all be geldings.
The BLM will fund the sanctuary at the same rate the agency pays to care for excess wild horses on other long-term pastures in the Midwest.
Anyone who disagrees with the BLM decision can file an appeal.