U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: Oct. 17, 2007
Wild Horses, Burros Available for Adoption in Colusa
Young and healthy wild horses and burros from public ranges will be looking for new homes when the Bureau of Land Management offers them for public adoption Nov. 2 and 3 in Colusa.
The public can preview the animals from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. There will be a silent auction from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Nov. 3. Animals will be available after that on a first-come, first-served basis for a $125 adoption fee.
Horses under 18 months old can be kept in corrals with five-foot fences, and four-and-a-half-foot fences are allowed for burros. Adopters must provide a two-sided, roofed shelter to provide protection from extreme weather.
“Adopted animals must be kept in this corral until they can be approached, handled, haltered and led,” Odom said. “Non-gentled animals cannot be placed in large, open pastures.”
Adopters must provide a halter and lead rope. BLM wranglers will halter and load adopted animals. All animals must be transported in step up stock trailers. Drop ramp trailers will not be allowed. Animals must be taken home on Saturday.
Title to adopted wild horses and burros remains with the federal government for one year. After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title. The BLM or a representative will check on the condition of the animal during the one-year adoption period.
“Wild horses are strong, loyal, intelligent and very trainable,” Odom said. “Adopters find they are great for pleasure riding and trail riding, back country packing, ranch work and competition. People train burros for back country packing, pulling carts, and riding.”
Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law recognizes the animals as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west,” and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds.
The BLM periodically gathers horses and burros to control herd populations on ranges shared with wildlife and domestic livestock. Herd sizes are controlled to ensure there is sufficient feed and water for all range users and to ensure that natural resources are not over-used.
There are about 31,000 wild horses and burros roaming on public rangelands in the western states. More than 215,500 animals have been placed in private care since the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro Program began in the early 1970s.
For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or Odom at (661) 391-6049. Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
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