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Wild horse enthusiasts lose appeal

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The Placitas-based Wild Horse Observers Association has lost its appeal against a 2012 ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that dismissed its case against the Secretary of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and Algodones resident Al Baca.

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver this month issued an order affirming the district court’s decision.

WHOA’s lawsuit filed in 2011 claimed then Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar and the BLM violated a 1971 federal law designed to protect wild horses because they never recognized horses roaming around Placitas as wild. They also sought an injunction against Baca, claiming he was working with the BLM planning to capture and sell the roaming Placitas horses.



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