BLM delays wild horse euthanization proposal

Reno, NV – A government official says the Bureau of Land Management will reduce gathers and shuffle money to maintain its wild horse and burro program for the current fiscal year, delaying a proposal to euthanize large numbers of animals to control
populations and costs.

BLM Deputy Director Henri Bissson, speaking Monday to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Reno, said the delay will give interested parties time to devise options when "cooler heads prevail."

But he says tough decisions remain.

Agency officials in June proposed considering euthansia and unrestricted horse sales for possible slaughter because of escalating costs of caring for wild horses taken from the range.

About 33,000 mustangs roam the open range in 10 Western states, including 3,600 in Wyoming.