Four out of dozens of wild horses rounded up in September are being offered for adoption next week, the Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday.
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Republicans in Congress want the Bureau of Land Management to answer for an "ineffective" strategy that has failed to halt the explosion of wild horse and burro populations both on the range and in captivity.
Less than a week after 28 emaciated wild horses were rounded up and put down, Bureau of Land Management officials announced plans to collect more animals they say are at risk of starvation in the mountains outside Las Vegas.
It was expected to take at least a week, but the emergency roundup of wild horses in the mountains outside Las Vegas is already two thirds of the way to its goal of 200 animals after the first three days.
Federal authorities announced plans Friday to round up as many as 200 wild horses to save them from starvation in the mountains outside of Las Vegas.
The Bureau of Land Management is warning motorists to watch out for burros on the roads around Red Rock Canyon, as the end of daylight saving time can lead to a spike in deadly collisions.
Federal land managers are under fire from animal welfare activists for seeking extra holding space for wild horses removed from Western rangelands.
A Utah congressman has introduced legislation to allow Western states and American Indian tribes to take over management of wild horses and burros from the federal government.
Wild horse advocates have dropped a lawsuit challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor the critics claimed was allowing some mustangs that were gathered to be sold for slaughter.
Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, mustang advocates say the wild horse is on the verge of going extinct in North America for the second time in 13,000 years and deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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