Western Horse Watchers has been unable to find a statement by ASNF.
ISPMB tried unsuccessfully earlier this year to stop the removal of wild horses from an area southwest of Alpine designated for the New Mexico Jumping Mouse.
Forest Service lands around Alpine, denoted by green in the Western Watersheds map, are subject to permitted grazing.
The Forest Service views the horses as trespass livestock. The herd is not protected by the WHB Act, which no longer functions as Velma attended.