MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ― Construction is slated to begin as soon as next week on a fence that officials say will keep wild horses off parts of Montana’s Custer National Forest, a spokeswoman for the agency said Friday. Federal officials contend the fence is needed to rein in a group of horses that are outgrowing their designated 42,000 acres in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range — established in 1968 as the first such range in the United States.
But some horse advocates said Friday that the fence along the edge of the range would harm the centuries-old wild herd. They say some of the animals use the Forest Service land almost exclusively for portions of the year… continued online here.