February 6, 2023

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Western Colorado wild horse roundup ends with 864 captured mustangs

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The third large-scale helicopter roundup of Colorado mustangs within a year ended Tuesday in dusty sagebrush country on the far western edge of the state, part of a massive effort by federal land managers to thin the wild horse population across the West.

Wranglers and a helicopter pilot herded and trapped 864 stallions, mares and foals during the past few weeks, with a plan to permanently remove about 750 horses from the rangeland near the Utah border. 

That will bring the number of wild horses removed from Colorado since last summer to about 2,000. 

The end of the roundup closes the latest tumultuous chapter of a decades-old battle between wild horse lovers and federal land managers. This one included attempted interventions by the governor and a Colorado congressman, as well as…

Jennifer Brown

2022-08-03 04:15:00

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