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Push To Accelerate Mustang Captures Draws Fire In Congress

Two U.S. House committee leaders want to stop funding for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of wild horses across the West that face overpopulation.

Nevada U.S. Representative Dina Titus's high-desert state is home to about half the mustangs. She’s with a bipartisan group opposed to part of an Interior Department spending bill that calls for the roundup of 130,000 mustangs over the next 10 years. They say it could bring the most sweeping changes in federal protections for the animals in nearly a half century.

Livestock interests and two animal welfare groups support the idea.

The biggest mustang groups in the West have condemned the proposal.

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