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Advocates say government should save wild horses

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Wild horse advocates meeting in Las Vegas say federal agencies have to change the way they manage the animals on public land to keep them from going extinct in five years. Advocates also want to keep the Bureau of Land Management from euthanizing horses, which federal officials say may be necessary to prevent horses from starving to death on overpopulated ranges. International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros President Karen Sussman says the BLM and other agencies should consolidate and redirect money from other programs to fund wild horse programs. The BLM says paying for keeping horses in federal facilities keeps the agency from doing other things, like gathers and adoptions. There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses in 10 Western states. About half are in Nevada. Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.
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