Wyoming moves to intervene in suit challenging federal plans to round up wild horses

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The state of Wyoming is moving to intervene in a lawsuit filed by wild horse preservation groups opposing the federal government's plan to remove about 800 horses from areas in the southern part of the state.

Gov. Matt Mead announced Friday that Wyoming has asked a federal judge in Cheyenne to allow the state to participate in the lawsuit.

Wild horse preservation groups are challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plans to start removing horses from lands within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas starting Sept. 1. The groups claim the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws in planning the action.

Mead says wild horses must not be allowed to damage the lands or conflict with private property rights.

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