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Lawsuit Seeks To Stop Wild Horse Removal In Eastern Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to stop the Bureau of Land Management from removing wild horses from public land in eastern Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal  reports the conservation group Western Watersheds Project and horse advocates The Cloud Foundation and the American Wild Horse Campaign filed the suit last week, claiming the bureau is violating federal laws.

The bureau finalized a 10-year plan earlier this year to remove wild horse herds within 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the town of Caliente in Lincoln County. The plan was based on an analysis showing the herds could not be sustained on the area's water and forage.

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Bureau officials estimate that more than 1,700 horses live in the 912,000-acre (370,000-hectare) area.

Bureau officials say they couldn't comment on pending litigation.