BLM Chief in NV Wants More Eyes on Roundups

RENO (AP) -- The head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada is appealing to agency employees to step up and blow the whistle on any abuse of mustangs.

Amy Lueders said that's the best way to stop horse protection advocates from undermining the agency's roundup policies with video footage of the mistreatment of the animals and making it harder for federal land managers to win the public's trust.

In the past year, BLM has been taken to task by its own internal auditors, independent reviews, a U.S. district judge and camera-toting horse advocates.

A BLM task force that reviewed a roundup near the Nevada-Utah line in July found some mustangs were whipped in the face and kicked in the head.


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