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News.bytes Extra, issue 478

Wild horse and burro help celebrate Earth Day in Loomis

Loomis-area residents got a chance to learn about wild horses and burros as part of the Earth Day celebration in Loomis April 24.

BLM volunteers Michele and Steve DeCamp brought Modoc the mustang and Millie the six-month-old burro to the event. Although it was Millie’s public debut, she worked the crowd like a pro, trying new snacks from apples to mandarins. (text continues below)

 a young girl and her dad pet a burro through a corral
Millie the burro meets a young visitor and dad.

Earth Day attendees had the chance to talk to the DeCamps and other BLM volunteers and staff at an information booth.

In the next adoption, residents of the Livermore area will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families, when the BLM brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Livermore Rodeo Grounds, Robertson Park, 3500 Robertson Park Road, Livermore, on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1.

“We’re holding the adoption in conjunction with the California State Horseman’s Spring Stampede,” said Doug Satica, manager at BLM’s Litchfield wild horse and burro facility near Susanville. “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy both events.”

The BLM will offer 30 horses, mostly yearlings, and 10 burros for public adoption.   Anyone interested can preview the animals when they arrive at about 4 p.m. on Friday, April 30.

The event gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Adoptions begin with silent bidding from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.  Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.

For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575.   Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

three children pet a mustang in a corral
Children pet Modoc the Mustang

burro looks through corral at two visitors
Millie entertains more visitors.
A boy pets a burro as a young girl and two women watch

woman in corral with mustang as visitors look on
Michele DeCamp answers questions from visitors.

a woman feeds a carrot to a mustang in a corral
Modoc gets a snack of carrots at the end of the day.

- David Christy, BLM Central California District public affairs, 4/26/11

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Last updated: 04-28-2011