By The Republic
BILLINGS, Montana — Wild horse advocacy groups are appealing a federal judge's ruling that denied their challenge to the government's management of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.
The Cloud Foundation and Front Range Equine Rescue filed their appeal Monday in District of Columbia Circuit Court.
The groups sued federal officials in 2009 in a bid to halt the roundup and adoption of horses from the 38,000-acre range along the Montana-Wyoming border. The lawsuit was later amended to challenge a plan that set a population target of 90 to 120 horses for the range.
U.S. District Judge James Gwin has allowed the roundups. He said in November that the government went through appropriate steps to set the population number.
The Pryor herd is believed to be descended from horses used by Spanish Conquistadors.