PORTLAND, Okla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- An Oregon couple alleges in a U.S. District Court lawsuit that federal authorities should properly control the rising wild horse population in the state.
Loren and Piper Stout allege in their federal lawsuit that appropriate steps have not been taken to date to contain the wild mustang and burro population on Oregon's 62,000-acre Murderers Creek allotment, The (Portland) Oregonian said Sunday.
"They have let it get out of hand, and we are getting blamed for it," Loren Stout alleged in the lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service. "Horses are real tough on resources, and they are out there 12 months of the year."
The couple's lawsuit, which was filed last week in Portland, comes after the Stouts' cattle were accused of damaging the Murderers Creek federal holding facility.
As a result of that allegation, the couple is no longer allowed to graze their cattle on the federal lands.
The Oregonian said a U.S. General Accounting Office report released last October found that the unwanted animal population on federal holding facilities nationwide has tripled since 2000.