NV horse roundup suit dismissed by federal judge | NevadaAppeal.com

NV horse roundup suit dismissed by federal judge

Associated Press
Published Caption: In this image from the Department of the InteriorÕs Bureau of Land Management, wild horses are seen after a BLM roundup at the Caliante Complex gather near Panaca, Nev., on Monday.
AP | Bureau of Land Management

CARSON CITY – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by animal rights activists over a big wild horse roundup in northern Nevada.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington, D.C., on Monday ruled the suit was moot because the gather has already taken place.

He also ruled that the group In Defense of Animals, ecologist Craig Downer and children’s author Terri Farley lacked standing to challenge the removal of 1,922 from the Calico Mountains Complex north of Reno.

Critics had argued that the Wild Horse and Burro Act doesn’t authorize the BLM from shipping removed horses to long-term holding facilities in the Midwest.

A lawyer for the animal rights groups says the case was dismissed on a technicality that did not address the merits of their arguments.