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Agency scraps wild horse plan

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

BURNS – The Bureau of Land Management has scuttled its controversial experimental program to spay wild horses in Oregon.

The federal agency announced last Friday it would not move ahead with the project that was to begin at the agency’s wild horse facility near Hines.

The decision came after several conservation groups filed a lawsuit to stop the program.

“The Bureau of Land Management has decided not to move ahead at this time with the proposed research efforts at the Hines corrals due to complications from litigation,” the BLM said in its statement.

The Cloud Foundation and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign filed a lawsuit in August in an effort to require independent observers be on hand when the program begins. Previously, the Front- Range Equine Rescue and Friends of Animals, filed litigation . . .