The Bureau of Land Management has launched an investigation into alleged animal abuse during a recent wild horse roundup near the Nevada-Idaho border. More than 1,200 horses were gathered from an open range but the operation was halted when a U.S. district judge granted a temporary restraining order to plaintiffs, who said a helicopter was flying too close.
The investigation will include a review of videos taken by the public, which allegedly show several similar incidents.
"The team will carefully review the incidents to determine what happened and to assess the gather operations," said BLM Director Bob Abbey.
The BLM estimates that approximately 38,500 wild horses and burros are roaming on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 western states. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years.