RENO — A federal panel has rejected a request for a stay of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plans to remove all wild horses from a large swath of eastern Nevada.
Horse defender Christine Jubic of Albany, N.Y., last month filed a petition for an order to halt the roundup with the Interior Board of Land Appeals until it could consider her appeal challenging the roundup.
The board rejected her request, but her appeal is still pending.
The BLM last month started removing 350 horses southwest of Ely and plans to begin removing 270 more in October near Caliente.
The roundups affect all wild horses in an area around Ely covering 1.4 million acres.
BLM officials said the horses are being removed because studies found insufficient forage and water to maintain healthy wild horses and rangelands.