- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An animal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit to stop a summer roundup at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range that aims to reduce the size of its mustang herd along the Montana-Wyoming border.

Friends of Animals sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday in U.S. District Court in Montana.

The Connecticut-based group says the agency failed to consider the combined impacts of removing 20 horses this summer and 6 to 12 annually in coming years, along with ongoing fertility control to curb the birth of foals.

The 170-animal herd is believed to be descended from horses used by Spanish Conquistadors. They roam a 38,000-acre range established in 1968.

Periodic roundups have removed 700 horses from the area since 1971. The last roundup took place in 2012.

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