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Feds Rounding Up Thousands of Wild Horses Threatened By Drought

A helicopter rounds up a group of wild horses living near the Utah-Nevada border in August. The animals will be placed into an adoption program with the goal of getting them into private stables, pastures and ranches across the country.
Steve Paige
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American Wild Horse Campaign
A helicopter rounds up a group of wild horses living near the Utah-Nevada border in August. The animals will be placed into an adoption program with the goal of getting them into private stables, pastures and ranches across the country.

An adoption program could spare 6,000 wild horses suffering extreme drought. Opponents fear some will meet a worse fate at slaughterhouses.

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Nate Hegyi is a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau based at Yellowstone Public Radio. He earned an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism in 2016 and interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in 2014. In a prior life, he toured around the country in a band, lived in Texas for a spell, and once tried unsuccessfully to fly fish. You can reach Nate at nate@ypradio.org.