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Horse advocates oppose BLM horse spaying plans in Oregon

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File photo from 2015 of wild horses in Oregon. Courtesy: BLM Oregon. File photo from 2015 of wild horses in Oregon. Courtesy: BLM Oregon.
BEND, OR (AP) -

Wildlife officials plan to remove the ovaries of 100 wild horses, prompting backlash from a nonprofit horse group.

The Bend Bulletin reports the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Burns District says it plans to go forward with a research effort that involves three methods of surgically sterilizing wild mares, some of them pregnant.

The BLM is working with the Oregon State University on the project, which could help it determine whether those procedures could be used on wild horses in the future.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign denounced the surgeries as dangerous and unnecessary. Campaign director Suzanne Roy says an existing birth control vaccine is a simpler and safer solution.

The BLM says the vaccine isn't effective enough.

The public has 30 days to appeal the decision.

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