WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday it is going forward with a plan to round up about 2,500 wild horses in Nevada. A spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said herds in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada are overpopulated and need to be reduced. "The current population in the five Calico herd management areas is three times what the range can handle,” said spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff. The Interior Department announcement came after a federal judge on Wednesday denied a request to block the roundup, saying opponents had failed to demonstrate that removal of the horses would violate federal law.
THE NUMBERSThe Bureau of Land Management estimates about half of the nearly 37,000 wild mustangs live in Nevada, with others concentrated in Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Another 32,000 horses and burros are cared for in corrals and pastures in Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.