Suit may block BLM roundup of mustangs in Nev.

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Posted: Nov 23, 2009 6:15 PM

An animal protection group is asking a federal judge to block the government's planned roundup of thousands of wild mustangs in Nevada next month.

California-based In Defense of Animals says in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. that the helicopter-aided roundups are illegal because they "traumatize, injure and kill" some of the horses.

The critics say the pending roundup in northern Nevada is by far the largest the U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans this year, involving as many as 2,700 wild horses. It's part of BLM's plan to remove more than 30,000 horses from federal lands in the West over the next three years to deal with soaring numbers of the animals and the growing costs to manage them.