The State of Wyoming filed suit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government's failure to appropriately manage wild horses in Wyoming.

Governor Mead said the lawsuit asks the court to force the BLM to manage wild horses in Wyoming as required by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

It is my belief, and the belief of other western governors, that the BLM does not have the resources to manage wild horses effectively.  By filing suit it sends a message that wild horse management is a priority and the BLM must be provided the funding necessary to manage them.

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act requires the BLM to manage wild horses below previously set appropriate levels and to remove excess horses when populations exceed those levels.