Horse roundup in mountains near Las Vegas draws protesters

LAS VEGAS — Protesters gathered at a community fire station to protest federal plans to trap about 200 wild horses in a mountain area northwest of Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials began the horse roundup Thursday, several days ahead of a planned Monday start.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area manager Donn Christiansen told about 50 people at the fire station in Cold Creek late Wednesday that the horses were suffering effects of drought and couldn’t remain on a hardscrabble range unable to support them.

Crowd members called the roundup cruel, unnecessary and dangerous for pregnant mares and newborn foals.

Officials said it could take up to 10 days to capture all but about 50 of the horses living around Cold Creek.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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