Colorado

Sep 9, 2010 1:57 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado wild horse removal plan announced

A new plan to remove about 100 wild horses in northwest Colorado has been released by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The agency said Thursday that it will begin removing the wild horses in the West Douglas Herd Area next month.

Last year, a federal judge in Washington blocked the agency's plan to use helicopters and baits to trap and remove the wild horses from 128,000 acres of federal and private land near Rangely. The judge said the BLM had not determined whether removing the horses was necessary to preserve the ecological balance and multiple use of that area.

The BLM has been trying to move horses from the Rangely area since 1975, calling the area unsuitable for a wild herd.

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