ELKO, Nev. -- The shooting of a wild horse gathered in a northeastern Nevada roundup is under investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
BLM officials say the mare was euthanized after it spun around and broke a front leg on Thursday morning in a corral being used for the agency's Antelope Complex gather about 60 miles south of Wells.
They say a veterinarian determined a gunshot wound in the upper leg was a major contributing factor for the break.
Wild horse advocates say the fact that the injured mare was stampeded along with healthy horses for miles to the corral underscores the indiscriminate and inhumane nature of BLM roundups.
The BLM says it plans to remove about 2,000 mustangs in the area to protect the range and horse herds.