Horse roundup in Nevada delayed

Federal land managers said Monday they will delay a roundup this month of most of the nearly 600 wild horses in a range in eastern Nevada, at least until after the herd’s spring foaling season.

Activists said they think their threat to file a lawsuit stopped the Bureau of Land Management from starting a roundup next week of almost 500 wild horses in the Eagle Herd Management Area.

William Spriggs, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer for In Defense of Animals based in San Rafael, Calif., said by telephone that he is seeking a moratorium on roundups until Congress reviews whether the government should continue removing horses from the range.

Chris Hanefeld, spokesman for the BLM office in Ely, cited some 9,000 public comments submitted on the plan to collect more than 80 percent of the animals in the Eagle herd area.

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