TONOPAH, Nev. (AP) -- Federal land managers have announced plans to remove about 182 wild horses and burros from the northern edge of the Mojave Desert near Tonopah.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say the Montezuma Peak and Paymaster herd management areas are arid and do not provide suitable habitat for large numbers of the animals.

They say about 45 mustangs will be removed from around the Paymaster HMA to reach an appropriate management level of 23 mustangs.

And they say about 61 burros and 78 horses will be removed from around the Montezuma Peak HMA to achieve an appropriate management level of three mustangs and 10 burros.

BLM officials say they plan to begin the roundup on Monday, and a public observation day is set for Tuesday or Wednesday.

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