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U.S. plans 50% more mustang roundups due to Western drought

WILD HORSE
Posted at 10:49 AM, Aug 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 03:06:09-04

RENO (AP) — Federal land managers have begun efforts to capture about 50% more horses than they originally planned this year on rangeland across the West because of severe drought conditions.

The emergency roundups that began Sunday and Monday target about 6,000 additional animals primarily in Nevada, Oregon and Colorado.

The Bureau of Land Management says the expanded effort concentrates on places where "chronic overpopulation" of the herds already has stretched the available food and water to its limits.

Horse protection advocates say the emergency roundups are being driven by pressure from ranchers who don't want mustangs competing with their livestock for limited forage and water.