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Feds seek extra holding space in West for wild horses

Wild horses in Simpson Park area of Nevada managed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Photo from BLM website.)
Wild horses in Simpson Park area of Nevada managed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Photo from BLM website.)
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Updated: 8/02 3:33 pm
By MARTIN GRIFFITH
Associated Press

RENO (AP) -- Federal land managers are under fire from animal welfare activists for seeking extra holding space for wild horses removed from Western range lands.

With current facilities nearing capacity, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting bids until Aug. 29 from contractors interested in either operating short-term corrals in 31 states in the Midwest and East or long-term pastures.

After removing horses from the range, the bureau places them in short-term facilities until they're either adopted or shipped to pastures in the Midwest where they spend the rest of their lives.

The bureau routinely thins what it calls overpopulated herds.

But horse advocates say the agency continues to "stockpile" horses at a growing cost to taxpayers with about as many mustangs now living in holding facilities as on the range.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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