BLM wants quick ruling in NV mustang case

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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Activists who won a temporary injunction blocking a federal roundup of wild horses in Nevada say the emergency order should remain in place until the government proves the mustangs are actually causing any ecological damage to the range.

Lawyers for the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation say in new documents filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco late Monday that an unusually wet spring has left most public rangeland in northern Nevada with plenty of water and forage.

Lawyer Rachel Fazio says that at worst, the appellate court should allow only a small gather to begin while they make their case there's no scientific basis to support the roundup of more than 1,700 horses. The Bureau of Land Management says the delay is costing taxpayers money.