PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — Free-ranging horses have roamed the small New Mexico hamlet of Placitas for decades. They often gallop on residents' property and dash along roads, attracting tourists and wildlife fans.
But recently some residents have complained that the growing number of horses is hurting the delicate desert landscape because they are eating what little vegetation is left amid an ongoing drought.
Federal officials say they will start removing horses on nearby federal land.
Those removals have set up a potential standoff between horse advocates and local and federal officials who have long been at odds about what to do with such horses.
Gary Miles of the Placitas Animal Rescue says he and other residents are willing to die to save the horses. He says the horses aren't bothering anyone.