BLM seeks bids for new corrals for wild horses

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new, short-term holding facilities for wild horses removed from Western rangelands under its ongoing program to thin what it calls overpopulated herds.

Bids will be accepted until June 2 from those interested in operating the corrals in 17 Western and Midwestern states.

The BLM places mustangs in the facilities until they're adopted or shipped to long-term pastures in the Midwest.

Suzanne Roy of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign says the plans come at a time when the agency already "warehouses" more mustangs off the range than remain free in the wild.

She says it's an indication the BLM intends to remove more horses in direct contradiction to a recommendation by an independent panel of the National Academy of Sciences.