CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has denied a request from horse preservation groups to block the federal government's plan to round up about 800 wild horses in Wyoming.
Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne on Thursday denied the group's request for an injunction. The groups responded by filing an appeal with a federal appeals court in Denver.
The groups are challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plans to remove horses from the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas in southern Wyoming areas starting next month.
The groups claim the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws in planning the action.
The state of Wyoming has intervened in the lawsuit, saying wild horses must not be allowed to damage the lands or conflict with private property rights.