He said he was going to let Agriculture Department "do its job" and "There is no reason not to conduct the auction," he said. The mustangs roamed on state lands south of Reno all the way to Highway 50 east of Carson City looking for food. Agriculture officials said they wander onto roads, causing hazardous situations. The protection fund asked the governor to halt the auction and turn the horses over to it for care of the mustangs and to find them a home. Advocates say the buyers at these auctions will ship them to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.