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The Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a Comprehensive Conservation Plan, including a provision that calls for the removal of feral horses and donkeys.

The Sheldon refuge is located on portions of Lake County in Oregon and Washoe and Humboldt counties in Nevada and is a part of the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex managed in Lakeview.

According to a press release, the selected management alternative calls for various actions including the removal of feral horses and burros from the refuge, designation of vehicle routes for public use, recommendation for 351,598 acres to be designated as wilderness by Congress, and development of existing visitor facilities, such as campgrounds, interpretive trails and the visitor contact station.

“One of the refuge’s most important issues is restoring the degraded wildlife habitat conditions caused by feral horse and burro populations,” said John Kasbohm, Sheldon-Hart Mountain project leader, which is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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