Friday, December 11, 2015

Forest Service drops plans to remove Salt River horses

After months of public pressure and political backlash, the Tonto National Forest will permanently drop all plans to round up and remove nearly 100 free-roaming horses near the Salt River. The announcement comes about four months after the Forest Service delayed its original plans in August. The roundups could have commenced Dec. 18, but the Forest Service will officially withdraw its impound notice on Friday, according to Tonto National Forest spokeswoman Carrie Templin. Templin said the Forest Service hopes withdrawing the notice will relieve fear so the agency can work with stakeholders on a long-term management plan...more

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