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Activists fought rounding up U.S. wild horses. Then came drought and climate change

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By Ned Parker and Lisa Lewnes (Reuters) – Across the U.S. West this summer, helicopters buzz low, herding thousands of wild horses into gated areas. The roundups, made necessary by the devastating effects of wildfire and drought, show how climate change is endangering the iconic wild horses, livestock and other wildlife, according to ranchers, activists and the U.S. government. The dire situation on Western lands has led to unprecedented dialogue between horse rights activists, the cattle industry and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is charged with providing federal protection for w…

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