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Associated Press, Published October 21 2009

Park horse roundup going smoothly

MEDORA, N.D. – The superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park says more than half the park’s wild horses have been rounded up with no major problems.

The three-day roundup began Monday.

Park superintendent Valerie Naylor said the horses are in good shape. Park officials want to reduce the herd from about 165 animals to about 75. They plan to auction off some of the horses Friday in Dickinson.

Mares are being sent back to the park after having blood drawn, a pregnancy test, a photograph and microchip inserted. Twenty-four of them are being given an experimental contraceptive vaccine as part of a research project.

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