BLM abandoning Nevada mustang roundup, at least for now

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management has abandoned plans - at least for now - to roundup hundreds of wild horses in Nevada after a U.S. judge temporarily blocked the gather last month for fear of harm to the mustangs.

BLM lawyers said in papers filed in court in Reno late Tuesday they won't move forward with the roundup in the Pine Nut Range southeast of Carson City until the agency completes another review of potential environmental impacts.

Judge Larry Hicks granted a restraining order sought by horse advocates Feb. 11 preventing the roundup until he could hear further arguments from both sides.

Critics say BLM was relying on outdated data that ignores the latest scientific evidence about the dangers of injecting horses with a drug that keeps them from reproducing for two years.

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