- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has begun its periodic roundup up of horses at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range along the Montana-Wyoming border.

BLM officials said Wednesday the roundup is expected to last through August. The agency plans to remove 15 to 20 horses from the population of about 170 and make them available for adoption.

A federal judge last week rejected a request by an animal advocacy group to block the BLM roundup.

The government agency says the target population is between 90 and 120 horses.

About 700 horses have been removed from the area since 1971. The last roundup was in 2012.

The 38,000-acre range is in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings. The horses are believed to be descended from those used by Spanish Conquistadors.

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