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Wild horses at risk

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  • Govt. conducts controversial wild horse roundup in Colorado & Nevada, where choppers chase them into traps
  • Bureau of Land Mgt: Helicopters are "a safe and practical" way to move excess horses off range

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Wild horses at risk

The government is rounding up wild horses and burros in Colorado, Nevada and the surrounding area to and moving them to holding pens for auction.  The Bureau of Land Management says they need to do this because of overgrazing, drought and starvation.

But critics say these roundups are unnecessary and the method of using helicopters to round up the animals is cruel.  The Department of the Interior says “The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management have worked hard to reform the program to advance the humane care and management of America’s wild horses and to protect our public lands.”

You can find more information at savingamericasmustangs.org

For more on this story watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7pm ET on HLN. 

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