Feds aim to corral 800 wild horses from eastern Nevada range

Wild horses occupy a watering hole outside Salt Lake City, June 29, 2018 | Associated Press file photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News
ELY, Nev. (AP) ā€” Federal officials say they plan to begin rounding up as many as 800 wild horses from a vast range in eastern Nevada to reduce what land managers call damaging overpopulation.

Wild horses kick up dust as they run at a watering hole outside Salt Lake City, July 18, 2018 | Associated Press file photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News

The Bureau of Land Management says the operation is scheduled to begin Tuesday in a public land study area known as the Triple B Complex.

The complex covers about 2,500-square-miles in the bureau’s Elko and Ely districts.

A statement says helicopters will be used during the anticipated four-week roundup, with the aim to reduce the number of wild horses from an estimated 3,400 to about 2,600.

The bureau says agents will escort public observers at pre-scheduled times, and captured horses will be checked by a veterinarian and offered for adoption or sale through a bureau program in Sparks.

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