- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials are seeking ideas on how to control the populations of wild horses and burros in 10 western states, including New Mexico.

The Bureau of Land Management recently announced it is seeking research proposals on controlling the wild populations that roam on public lands.

The agency wants experts who have project proposals aimed at creating new or improving existing techniques and establishing protocols for the contraception.

The request for applications is opened to veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies and other researchers.

According to BLM estimates, more than 40,000 wild horses and burros roam on rangeland in 10 western states managed by the bureau.

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