Animal group decries BLM roundup of over 1,200 wild horses in southwestern Wyoming


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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management rounded up several hundred more wild horses in southern Wyoming than agency officials had estimated they would capture.

The BLM captured 1,263 wild horses in the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas before the roundup ended last Thursday.

Horse advocate groups sued the BLM in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the roundup, claiming the BLM failed to follow environmental laws.

In a decision document approving the roundup this summer, the BLM said the roundup zones held just over 800 horses.

Members of the Friends of Animals group came to Rock Springs last month to protest the roundup. Campaigns Director Edita Birnkrant says she's outraged by the roundup and says it shows wild horses need Endangered Species Act protections.

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