Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

The U.S. Forest Service said on Thursday, Aug. 6, it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.

“We’ve decided to take another look at the proposed gathering of stray horses,” Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth said in a prepared statement Thursday.

Bosworth said the service would not take any action with the horses “before Congress went back into session in September,” according to Carrie Templin, a spokeswoman for the forest.

The decision follows a public outcry – including concerns raised by nearly all of Arizona’s congressional delegation – over the July 31 announcement that the Forest Service planned to round up “stray” horses in the national forest.