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Despite Protests, BLM Returns Wild Horses to Range in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Despite the protests of a rancher and rural county, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has returned about 160 wild horses to the range in central Nevada.

The agency returned the horses to the Fish Creek Herd Management Area near Eureka on Tuesday after being cleared to do so by the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

The BLM originally had planned to return some 100 mares treated with a fertility control vaccine and 80 studs to the area on Feb. 20. They were among 424 horses removed during a roundup that ended earlier in February.

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But rancher Kevin Borba and Eureka County commissioners filed an appeal with the board to block the return of the horses to the range.