BLM plans to target 2500 wild horses

November 2, 2009

Authorities in the US have invited public submissions on plans to gather about 2500 wild horses in Northern Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management says it intends gathering the horses to reduce numbers to levels appropriate under management plans.

The area to be targeted is north of Gerlach in Washoe and Humboldt counties.

The call for submissions, which closes on November 12, came as the Equine Welfare Alliance, an umbrella organisation representing more than 60 groups, called for a moratorium on wild-horse musters.

The alliance says the number of musters has been increasing, with all horses in some herd areas removed altogether. It said others had been reduced to such an extent that it feared for the herds' ongoing genetic viability.