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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS) – The United States Forest Service will round up 1,000 wild horses and could potentially sell them to slaughterhouses for $1 each.
The Sacramento Bee reports the roundup is set to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and will continue through the month.
The territory is only supposed to have 400 horses but the area has almost 4,000 animals, according to Modoc National Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams.
The horses enjoy more than 250,000 acres within the forest.
While the United States Department of the Interior prohibits selling the horses to slaughterhouses, the Forest Service has no restriction because they are underneath the United States Department of Agriculture.
After a 30-day adoption period, all horses 10 years and older will be for sale without limitations for $1 each. An estimated 300 animals are expected to be sold.