Stallion castration plan on hold until court rules

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Posted: Dec 25, 2011 4:10 PM
Stallion castration plan on hold until court rules

Federal land managers have agreed to postpone their precedent-setting plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in eastern Nevada pending a federal court's review of the issue.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's action came a week after a coalition of conservationists and wild-horse defenders sued the government in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to block the plan's implementation.

Under a compromise approved by the court Thursday, the agency will be allowed to begin a long-term removal of roughly 1,800 wild horses from the sprawling Pancake Complex near Ely beginning about Jan. 12 as scheduled.

But the BLM agreed to put on hold its plans to castrate 200 wild stallions before releasing them back to the complex.

Horse activists think the court will rule in its favor.