Group claims BLM trying to breed special mustangs in Oregon

Jul 9, 2015 7:35 PM by News Staff

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Wild horse advocates are challenging U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans this summer to round up the famous Kiger and Riddle Mountain mustang herds in eastern Oregon.

The Colorado-based group Front Range Equine Rescue filed an appeal of the roundup plan Wednesday with the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

It argues the roundup is designed to develop a "master breed" of wild horses exhibiting characteristics of old Spanish bloodlines that are popular with the public, rather than maintaining wild horses in natural conditions.

The appeal argues that BLM returns to the range only horses exhibiting Kiger characteristics, depleting the gene pool.

BLM spokesman Jeff Campbell says the bureau keeps close track of the herds' genetic diversity, and returns horses less likely to be adopted.

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