CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada wildlife committee is taking on wild horses and water they drink on the range.
The Feral Horse Committee of the Nevada Wildlife Commission has drafted a letter to the state engineer's office, taking exception to wild horses and burros using water rights allocated to federal agencies to support wildlife.
A draft copy of the letter argues that the federally protected horses are not wildlife under state law, and therefore the animals' drinking of water does not constitute "beneficial use" required for a water rights permit.
Among other things, the letter wants the state engineer, as a matter of policy, to instruct federal agencies to remove any wild horses and burros using Nevada waters illegally. The committee meets Tuesday in Eureka.
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