"Judge Allows Wild Horse Roundup in Nevada"

"The Obama administration said Wednesday it is going forward with a contentious plan to round up about 2,500 wild horses in Nevada.

A spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said herds in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada are overpopulated and need to be reduced to protect the horses and the rangelands that support them.

'The current population in the five Calico herd management areas is three times what the range can handle, so this gather will ensure high-quality habitat for the wild horse and burros and other wildlife while protecting the public rangeland from overuse,' said spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff."

Matthew Daly reports for the Associated Press December 23, 2009.

Source: AP, 12/24/2009