U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: March 5, 2009
Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption in Hesperia
Strength, endurance, and spirit are qualities embodied in wild horses and burros that roam America’s rangelands. These living legends are available for adoption at the Val Shearer Equestrian Center Arena in Hesperia, Calif., on March 13-14, 2009, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. Spectators are welcome.
There are 40 young animals available for adoption, 30 wild horses, and 10 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 13, and potential adopters may view the mustangs and burros from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. An excellent media opportunity exists at noon when the animals arrive and unload.
Approved adopters will receive a lottery number, which is required to participate in the lottery adoption Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. The lottery adoption provides all adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the animal of their choice. BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The adoption fee is $125.00 per animal. Animals not selected during the lottery adoption will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis for the remainder of Saturday. Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.
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.
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