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Wyoming residents concerned about proposed horse facility

Wyoming residents concerned about proposed horse facility

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Official: Solving wild horse problem will take $5B, 15 years

Wild horses kick up dust as they run at a watering hole outside Salt Lake City in June 2018. Officials are set to make a final decision this week on a land use regulation change that would open the door to a South Dakota company building a wild horse facility in southeastern Wyoming.

CHEYENNE (AP) — Wyoming residents near a proposed wild facility in Laramie County have some major concerns.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the facility would hold wild horses captured by the Bureau of Land Management, and the BLM would pay South Dakota-based Equine Elite an amount for each horse it houses.

But the project hit a snag when it came to gaining approval from neighbors within a 3-mile radius due to concerns ranging from water quality to increased traffic.

While the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality only requires approval from property owners within one mile, the county requires a 3-mile radius.

Equine Elite has asked the Laramie County Commission to lower the distance to 1 mile.

A review process for the change begins Tuesday.

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