RANGELY, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management plans to start rounding some wild horses running low on water in northwestern Colorado on Sunday.
The BLM began hauling in water to the horses in the West Douglas Herd Area south of Rangely last month but warned that wasn’t a sustainable solution. On Friday, the BLM announced it would use water to gather up to 50 horses in a process that could take up to a month.
Panels will be gradually added around an area containing the artificial water supply until a gate is finally added and closed, trapping the horses inside.
The area where the horses are living isn’t an officially managed wild horse area and horse advocates have questioned whether the BLM is using the drought as an excuse to take action there.
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