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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 454  

Wild Horses and Burros adopted in San Francisco Bay Area and in Bishop

California residents from San Francisco Bay to the high Sierras got a chance to see wild horses and burros in the flesh last week.  The Bureau of Land Management held wild horse and burro adoptions in Bishop, CA, and at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in conjunction with the Grand National Rodeo. 

The BLM-California Wild Horse and Burro Program was represented in San Francisco during the week of Oct. 18, with an adoption event and information booth during the Grand National Rodeo, Livestock and Horse Show held at the Cow Palace.  In the event two horses trained by BLM volunteers were adopted into new homes.

BLM employees staff greet visitors and provide information to visitors at the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro booth at the Cow Palace adoption.
BLM's Wild Horse and Burro booth at the Cow Palace event.  

Jason Williams, a compliance specialist from the Mother Lode Field Office, and volunteer Michele DeCamp, of Penn Valley, chat with adoption visitors at the BLM booth in the American Cowboy Marketplace section of the Grand National Rodeo venue.

Horse trainer works with a wild horse at the Cow Palace event.
Trainer Jerry Boots with Luke, one of the wild horses adopted at the Cow Palace event.

BLM volunteer Jerry Boots of Eureka shows 2-year-old Luke in the main arena of the Cow Palace.  BLM volunteer trainers showed their halter-trained horses as rodeo fans began to arrive Friday evening, Oct. 22.  Luke commanded an adoption fee of $600 during silent  bidding on Saturday, Oct. 23

A halter trained wild horse stands with his two front feet on a platform while the trainer speaks to a man and woman.
BLM volunteer Michele DeCamp  chats with visitors about the abilities of Pistol, a yearling she trained for the Cow Palace adoption event.

Wild Horse training talks to a young girl about wild horses.
Volunteer trainer Tracy Maurer of Livermore introduces a young rodeo visitor to a yearling she trained for the Cow Palace adoption event. 

A young man gets up close to halter trained wild horse at the Cow Palace event.
Pistol has an admirer during the Cow Palace adoption event. 

Two burros and one horse were adopted in Bishop.  BLM holds adoption around California.  The adoption schedule is available on the web at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html

A woman and a child view wild horses through a fence.
A woman and a child view wild horses through a fence at the adoption in Bishop.

Art Digrazia puts a halter on a mustang.
Art DiGrazia puts a halter on a mustang that has been adopted.  

- Jeff Fontana, Northern California Public Affairs and David Christy, Central California Public Affairs, 10/26/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 454

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Last updated: 10-28-2010