BLM wild horse roundup starts today in NW Colo.

Posted at 7:56 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 09:56:31-04

A wild horse roundup is set to start Wednesday as opponents seek an injunction to block the Bureau of Land Management's actions.

The Daily Sentinel reports agency spokesman Christopher Joyner said the BLM is moving forward with its plan to take 167 horses off the West Douglas Herd Area unless told differently by the courts.

The West Douglas Herd Area is in northwestern Colorado, 50 miles north of Grand Junction.

Wild horse groups and other activists filed a lawsuit Sept. 4 saying the BLM failed to conduct an appropriate environmental impact analysis and is in violation of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

"Sadly, we did not prevail in stopping the BLM from proceeding to zero out the West Douglas Herd,” states Carol Walker, Director of Field Operations for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation. “We continue to fight the mismanagement and decimation of our wild horse herds. Our voices count, and are the only hope they have."

State land officials plan to use bait and a helicopter to help herd the animals for capture.