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Controversial roundup of wild horses in Nevada is complete, officials announce

February 5, 2010 |  3:16 pm

About 75 people from various wild horse advocacy groups and individual supporters rally outside US Senator Diane Feinstein's office in West LA on Jan. 6, 2010, to urge her to support a moratorium to end Bureau of Land Management rounding up of wild horses in the West

Federal land managers have finished a major roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said Friday that 1,922 mustangs were removed from the Calico Mountains Complex.

Agency spokeswoman JoLynn Worley said an estimated 600 horses remain in the complex, which is within the management level of 600 to 900 set for the area.

She said the agency had planned to remove about 2,500 horses but a lot of the mustangs roamed out of the complex after the roundup began Dec. 28.

Activists unsuccessfully sued to stop the roundup, saying it was unnecessary and inhumane.

The BLM said the roundup was needed because an overpopulation of horses is harming native wildlife and the range.

-- Associated Press

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Photo: An activist in costume protests the roundup outside the West L.A. office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Jan. 6. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time

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