Posted July 28, 2014
Two additional parties joined a federal lawsuit concerning wild horse policy, which demands the government gather and remove excess horses, according to an Ag Weekly article by Dylan Woolf Harris available here.
In an amended complaint filed Monday, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and Crawford Cattle were listed as plaintiffs, joining Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation, which were the first companies to file suit in December.
The plaintiffs are alleging that the Bureau of Land Management is not following the law by allowing wild horse populations to exceed past the agency-identified carrying capacities, which results in damage to the land, wildlife, and horses.
“First and foremost, Defendants’ failures to properly follow the law have gravely harmed, and will continue to gravely injure the very animals that the (Wild Horse and Burro) Act was established to protect,” said the complaint.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has stated that it was lacking funds and adequate holding space. Government attorneys have asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit for legal reasons, which plaintiffs have until with an August 15 to respond.
The Elko County Commission pledged up to $10,000 to help fund the legal action, which could equal up to $90,000 or more according to NACO president Jeff Fontaine.
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