Oct 2, 2012 - The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY -- Wyoming is one of six states, where federal officials started rounding up thousands of wild horses and burros. The roundups will take place through February on drought-stricken range lands in Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
Contractors for the Bureau of Land Management will use helicopters plus bait- and water-trapping methods to corral 3,500 wild horses and burros, officials said.
In addition, more than 900 other horses will be captured for birth control injections and returned to range lands.
The government is already holding 47,000 horses, most of them on green pasture in the Midwest. Bureau of Land Management officials said it was a popular misconception that they send horses to slaughterhouses.
The animals are protected under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
A small number of horses are put up for adoption, but most horses are kept until their final days in permanent corrals, officials said.