Cross-posted from Reno Gazette-Journal
Written by FRANK X MULLEN
Faced with legal action by wild horse advocates, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has backed off plans to castrate 200 stallions as part of a roundup of up to 1,000 mustangs 30 miles west of Ely, but the agency might geld wild stallions in the future, officials said.
“Gelding the stallions was part of a plan to help control the excess horse population on the range,” said JoLynn Worley, BLM spokeswoman. “We agreed not to do it for (the present) wild horse gather because there wouldn’t be time for a hearing on (the activists’) lawsuit.”
Depending on what the court decides, she said, the castration technique could be used at future horse gathers on federal land 30 miles west of Ely. Continue reading >>