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Feral cattle in Gila Wilderness will once again be shot down from helicopters

For the second year in a row, shooters in helicopters will gun down an estimated 150 feral cattle that are trampling habitats in the Gila Wilderness, a sprawling undeveloped area of more than a half million acres within the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

The aerial shooting is scheduled to begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement. The plan is being carried out in conjunction with the Agriculture Department and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services program.

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