Wild horse advocates seek to block Wyoming roundup

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wild horse advocates are seeking a court order to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from rounding up wild horses in the checkerboard region of southwestern Wyoming later this month.

Groups including the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign have asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Fruedenthal of Cheyenne to block the scheduled roundup of nearly 500 horses set to begin Oct. 18.

Fruedenthal has directed the BLM to file a response by Tuesday to the groups' request.

The groups want to block the roundup until a federal appeals court in Denver rules on their pending appeal of a roundup two years ago that removed over 1,200 horses from the area.

The Rock Springs Grazing Association has pressed the government to remove the horses, saying they're damaging the range.