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BLM To Remove 1,100 Horses From Nevada Sage Grouse Habitat

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is planning to remove 1,100 wild horses from a part of northern Nevada that also contains sage grouse habitat.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the helicopter gather in the Owyhee area is set to begin Tuesday.

BLM Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager Alex Shepherd says the gather is meant to cut down on the overpopulation of wild horses in the area, which has been marked as priority sage grouse habitat.

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The removed horses will be taken to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center near Reno, where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.