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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the Bureau of Land Management to begin removing about 800 wild horses from southwest Wyoming.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday denied a request by wild horse advocates for an emergency order to stop the roundup planned for this month.

The BLM is planning to round up wild horses within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas.

Wild horse advocates contend the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws in planning the action.

The state of Wyoming and private livestock operators say wild horses must not be allowed to damage the lands or conflict with private property rights.

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