BLM Gathers Over 500 Wild Horses From Fire-Ravaged Nevada - 8 News NOW

BLM Gathers Over 500 Wild Horses From Fire-Ravaged Nevada

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The Bureau of Land Management has rounded up more than 500 wild horses from northeastern Nevada rangeland devastated by wildfires, the agency said Tuesday.   

Nearly 1 million acres mainly in Elko County burned this year from a series of fires that began in June and continued for three months.   

Biologists have said the fires destroyed critical habitat for wildlife and livestock and could take decades to restore.   

The BLM removed the wild horses from the Little Humboldt and Rock Creek Herd Management areas.   

Officials said some of the horses will be kept in a contracted facility in Fallon and released back on the range at a later date, and some mares were moved to adjacent pastures.   

Other horses were taken to the BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Center north of Reno, where they will be prepared for adoption, the agency said.      

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