More than 130 demonstrators showed up at the Nevada Capitol to protest wild-horse roundups.
The critics were calling attention on Saturday to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s handling of the recent Reno-area roundup.
One protester, Pete DeCarli from Pilot Hill, Calif., said public lands belong to the horses. He called the helicopter-assisted roundups tragic.
Weeks ago, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rounded up more than 1,900 of about 2,500 horses from the Calico Mountains north of Reno.
Officials have said 39 of those horses died of injuries or stress after capture or at a holding site. They say the roundup was necessary to reduce an overpopulation on sparse rangeland.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal