National Briefing | West
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: March 2, 2009
The United States Bureau of Land Management said an offer from Madeleine Pickens, the wife of the Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, to establish a sanctuary for 30,000 wild horses is “problematic” and not viable as proposed. Nevertheless, the bureau said it would continue talks with Ms. Pickens, who proposed establishing a sanctuary after the bureau said it was considering euthanasia to stem escalating costs of keeping animals gathered from the open range in long-term holding areas. About 33,000 wild horses roam in 10 Western states, and about of them are in Nevada.
A version of this article appeared in print on March 3, 2009, on page A17 of the New York edition.