RENO -- Faced with too many wild horses on the range and in holding facilities, federal officials are considering drastic policy changes that include ending roundups and euthanizing animals.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Henri Bisson said Monday there is an overpopulation of wild horses on public lands and the agency can no longer afford to care for the numbers of mustangs that have been rounded up. The number of horses adopted by the public has dropped off, leaving the BLM with more animals than it can care for, he said.
One option would be to stop all roundups -- something the agency said would lead to "ecological disaster."
"The other option is to use some combination of the (adoption program) and euthanasia, which would be really difficult to do," Bisson said.