U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: February 27, 2008
Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption in Brawley
Strength ... endurance ... spirit ...qualities that define our country ... are embodied in America’s wild horses and burros that roam our nation’s rangelands, and these living legends are available for adoption at the Cattle Call Arena in Brawley, California, on March 7-8, 2008, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. Spectators are welcome.
There are fifty young animals available for adoption, forty wild horses, and ten burros. The mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, have been wormed and vaccinated, and are in excellent health.
Animals arrive at noon on Friday March 7, and potential adopters may view the mustangs and burros from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Approved adopters will receive a bidder number, which they must have to participate in the silent competitive bid Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., which provides all adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the animal of their choice.
Newly adopted wild horses or burros must be kept in an enclosed corral with a minimum area of 400 square feet (20’x20’ or larger) per animal. Corral fences must be at least 4 ½ feet high for burros, 6 feet high for ungentled horses, and 5 feet high for horses under 18 months of age. Fences should be of pole, pipe, or plank constructions. Barbed wire is not allowed in stalls or corrals. The corral also must contain a structure to provide shelter for the animal.
Adopters should bring a nylon web halter and 20-foot, cotton lead rope for each animal. A stock trailer will be required to transport the animal(s). Drop-ramp trailers will not be allowed. BLM wranglers will load the animals into the trailer.
The process is called an “adoption” because BLM retains title to the animal for one year after the adoption. During the year, a BLM compliance officer or designated representative will visit each adopter to ensure the animal is being cared for and has a good home. During this time adopters cannot sell their adopted animal. Adopters must notify BLM if the animal is moved.
For more information about the Brawley adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program contact BLM toll free at 866-4Mustangs, or visit our website at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
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