Wild Horses Lawsuit

Wild Horses Lawsuit

By Jim Evans. CREATED Jul 16, 2011
RENO, Nev. - A federal appeals judge on Friday night granted a temporary injunction to halt a government roundup of about 1,700 wild horses from the range in Nevada.

Judge Richard Paez of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben earlier in the day denied a motion to stop the federal Bureau of Land Management's removal of mustangs from public lands near the Utah line.

Paez's order will remain in effect until a three-judge panel on which he sits has a chance to review the horse advocacy group Cloud Foundation's emergency motion for injunctive relief pending resolution of the group's appeal of McKibben's ruling.

BLM spokesman Doran Sanchez says the order is being reviewed by the agency's legal counsel and he can't comment further.

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