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Mountain States Legal Found. v. Andrus

Citation: 12 ELR 20105
No. No. C79-275K, 16 ERC 1351/(D. Wyo., 10/01/1981)

The court rules that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act by failing to control the number of wild horses in BLM's Rock Springs District. A dramatic increase in the wild horse population in the district has placed excess demand on grazing lands which upsets the ecological balance in violation of the Act. Since BLM had not removed a significant number of horses from the area between 1972 and 1976, the court orders BLM to remove all excess horses.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
William H. Mellor III, R. Norman Cramer, Calvin E. Ragsdale
Marty & Ragsdale
20 E. Fleming Gorge Way, Green River WY 82935
(307) 875-3235

Counsel for Defendants
Jeffrey C. Fisher, Ass't U.S. Attorney
P.O. Box 668, Cheyenne WY 82001
(307) 778-2220