Judge to hear arguments Monday in federal suit over roundup of hundreds of Wyoming wild horses

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit over a recent roundup of hundreds of wild horses from the open range in western Wyoming.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal will hear arguments at the University of Wyoming law school in Laramie.

Last fall, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rounded up 1,263 wild horses from areas east and south of Rock Springs.

The roundup occurred after federal judges refused to stop them at the request of wild horse advocates. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and others continue to claim in a lawsuit against the federal government the roundup violated federal law.

The government maintains the BLM followed the law in rounding up the horses at the request of ranchers.

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