Bureau seeks bids for wild horse corrals

| Sunday, May 11, 2014, 9:51 p.m.

RENO — The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new, short-term holding facilities for wild horses removed from Western rangelands under its program to thin what it calls overpopulated herds.

Bids will be accepted until June 2 from contractors interested in operating the corrals in 17 Western and Midwestern states.

On removing horses from the range, the BLM places them in the facilities until they're adopted or shipped to government-funded pastures in the Midwest.

BLM officials, in a statement, said they plan to open “multiple” short-term corrals that can each hold 200 mustangs.

BLM officials in Washington did not respond to email requests for comment on Sunday on the number of new holding facilities planned and their cost.

The bureau has been under increasing pressure in recent months from Western ranchers to remove horses that they say threaten livestock and wildlife on rangelands damaged by drought.

Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, said the plans for the facilities arrive as the agency “warehouses” more mustangs off the range than remain free in the West.

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