Wild Horse Roundup at Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

About 300 wild horses are being gathered from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada despite objections from wild horse advocacy groups.

Opponents claim the roundup is harmful to foals and that captured horses are slaughtered. Refuge officials say the allegations are false.

Complex manager Paul Steblein says the horses need to be removed to protect habitat and other native wildlife, including pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, mule deer and bighorn sheep.

He adds that cattle grazing was permanently removed from the refuge near the Nevada-Oregon line in the early 1990s because of conflicts with wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Refuge officials estimate more than 1,500 horses live on the refuge. A management plan calls for the removal of all but about 100 horses.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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