RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Federal land managers have agreed to study a proposal by the wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to establish an ecosanctuary for wild horses across more than 900 square miles of northeast Nevada.
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey says the BLM will spend the next two years analyzing potential impacts of the proposal by Madeleine Pickens and her non-profit group, Saving America's Mustangs.
Pickens bought ranch land last year to serve as a base for the sanctuary on both public and private land south of U.S. Interstate 80 between Elko and the Utah line.
Under the proposal, Saving America's Mustangs would improve and maintain fencing and water wells and oversee management of the ecosanctuary horses, which would remain under federal ownership. Some Elko County ranchers oppose the plan.