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11:00 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Crisis For Wild Horses In New Mexico

Wild horses on the drought-stricken Navajo Nation are fighting for their lives.  Navajo Nation resource officials say lack of rainfall and high heat are drying up watering holes and leaving others with harmfully high levels of salt.

Ranger Sgt. Elmer Phillips says rangers on patrol find hundreds of carcasses at dirt reservoirs.

Chief Ranger Leonard Butler says some wild horses have been captured in emergency roundups and sold.

The Gallup Independent reports that the purchaser apparently resells them for slaughter in Mexico.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.