Army to remove horses from Louisiana's Fort Polk

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Posted: Aug 17, 2016 8:05 AM

FORT POLK, La. (AP) — The Army plans to remove hundreds of horses from Fort Polk in Louisiana.

An estimated 700 to 750 wild horses roam training lands on and around Fort Polk in the west central part of the state. The fate of the horses has been the subject of debate since the Army proposed removing them about a year ago. Army officials say the animals represent a safety hazard. Advocates have argued they should be left alone.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/2bxU6lM) the Army will catch and corral 10-30 horses at a time. The plan calls for the horses first to offered to animal welfare groups for their adoption program. If animal welfare groups do not take the horses, the Army will offer them to any citizen, and if that fails, the horses will be transported to a livestock auction for sale.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com