RENO, Nev., Dec. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it is proceeding with a controversial roundup of wild horses in Nevada.
Bureau spokeswoman Heather Emmons said Monday that contractors using helicopters and on horseback had begun herding some 2,500 wild horses into corrals over the objections of activists who say the roundup isn’t necessary, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The newspaper said U.S. officials believe the roundup, which will stretch over 1,750 square miles, is needed because Nevada’s Black Rock Range — a chain of mountains 100 miles north of Reno — can’t support that number of mustangs and is necessary to protect the environment and to help the horses survive.
Animal activists say the mustangs are healthy and contend that livestock do more damage to the area.
“It’s a brutal process no matter how they do it,” activist Elyse Gardner told the Times. “Legs get broken, horses get sick, foals can’t keep up and get separated from their mothers.”
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