- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

VALE, Ore. (AP) - A planned roundup of wild horses in Malheur County has been canceled due to a rangeland fire in the area.

The Capital Press reports (https://is.gd/fTloSe ) that the cancellation stalls an ongoing lawsuit by an animal right’s group looking to block the roundup.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management had planned to gather 100 of the herd’s 200 horses near Jordan Valley. Of the gathered horses, half would be adopted out and half would be released after the females were given a contraceptive to slow the herd’s growth.

The planned August roundup was also aimed at protecting sage grouse habitat and fire restoration projects.

The group Friends of Animals has filed the lawsuit arguing the roundup was ordered without an environmental review. It has withdrawn its motion for a temporary restraining order due to the cancellation.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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