A federal judge has brought the round-up of 1,700 wild horses in Nevada to a halt. Late Friday, Judge Richard Paez of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction stopping the Bureau of Land Management's removal of wild mustangs from public lands.
Round-up advocates said herds had grown by nearly 1,600 horses since the last round-up in July 2006. They said the range and herd will suffer if the population continues to grow at a 20 to 25 percent annual rate without BLM intervention. When the bureau removes horses from the range, it sends them to holding pens, where they are prepared for adoption or transfer to long-term corrals in the Midwest.
The injunction remains in effect until a three-judge panel has a chance to review objections from the horse advocacy group The Cloud Foundation.