BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management says a plan to move hundreds of wild horses to a private ranch in southwest Montana is moving forward.

The agency can place up to 805 wild horses on the 16,367-acre property in Madison County by February, according to a decision released Monday.

The BLM originally wanted to put 1,500 horses on the Spanish Q Ranch near Ennis, but an environmental assessment found a herd that large would be destructive to wildlife habitat and soil, among other things.

Susie Stokke with the BLM says the wild horses, captured in Montana as part of efforts to control their population on public lands, were not adopted at auction.

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