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Seventeen wild horses were captured on Wednesday as the Bureau of Land Management concluded a helicopter roundup in Eastern Nevada.
In all, 74 wild horses were permanently taken off the range: 29 mares, 27 studs and 18 foals. None died.
Captured wild horses will be put up for adoption at the BLM’s Indian Lakes off-range corrals in Fallon, NV. Unadopted horses are to be transported to long-term holding facilities.
The agency deemed the “emergency” roundup “necessary to provide for public and animal safety,” along U.S. Highway 93 and State Route 22.
BLM orginally planned to remove 100 wild horses public and private lands inside and outside the Eagle and Silver King Herd Management Areas over four days. The roundup began Dec. 20. Operations were postponed over Christmas weekend because of winter weather before resuming on Tuesday.