BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 537

Horses, Burros Find Homes on California's Far Northern Coast

Residents of the Crescent City area on California’s fair northern coast provided homes for seven mustangs and four wild burros, when the BLM brought its wild horse and burro adoption program to town on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24.  The program was well received, with enthusiastic horse and  burro lovers visiting the event to admire the "Living Legends of the West." (text continues below)

a pair of horses

people look at horses in a corral
Adoption visitors chat as they take a close look at a group of young mustangs in the adoption pens.

The BLM offered 19 animals for adoption, six of them burros.  The mustangs were gathered last fall from the High Rock Complex of herd management areas in far northwest Nevada.  The burros were from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area north of Susanville.

a man directs horses
John Parsons, wild horse and burro program specialist with the BLM’s Northern California District, moves horses toward the loading chute.

BLM wild horse wranglers and other program staff visited with many north coast area residents who were curious about the horses and how to adopt one.

a man reaches out to a horse
Wrangler Galen Taylor works toward achieving a first touch as he demonstrates gentling methods.  An adopter looks on.

As always, the BLM offered a variety of healthy horses and burros.
two burros nuzzle

The next BLM-California wild horse and burro adoption event is Saturday, July 14, in Sacramento.  Animals are available for adoption year-round at the BLM corrals near Susanville and Ridgecrest.  Complete program information is available at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html.

The BLM manages wild horses and burros on public lands in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, maintaining wild herds at population levels that rangelands can support in balance with other users including wildlife and permitted livestock.  Excess animals removed from the range are available for public adoption.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District Public Affairs Officer (June 2012)

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