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9th Circuit denies mustang appeal sought by Nevada counties

Wild Horses and Burros

L.E. Baskow

Horses wander near homes in Cold Creek as they feed in the grasslands about the Spring Mountains area on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Wild Horses and Burros

Wild horses wander about the late-day sun within the Spring Mountains area on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

RENO — Wild horse advocates have scored a victory in Nevada in an ongoing legal battle with rural interests who they say want to round up federally protected mustangs across the West and sell them for slaughter.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied an appeal on Monday by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation.

Ranchers in Nevada say the badly overpopulated horse herds are damaging the range and robbing their livestock of forage.

The appellate court's decision upholds an earlier ruling by a federal judge in Reno who dismissed their lawsuit demanding the U.S. Bureau of Land Management expedite widespread roundups across Nevada.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a similar ruling in favor of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign in Wyoming in October.

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