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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 08/16/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
  Erin Curtis , 916-978-4622  
News Release No. CA-N-10-94

BLM to Release Some Gathered Wild Horses Back to the Range Tomorrow


The first phase of the Twin Peaks wild horse and burro gather has been completed, and about 40 wild horses and mules will be re-introduced onto their home range on Tuesday, Aug. 17, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These animals are the first to be sent back to repopulate the Skedaddle home range, part of the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area.

The public will have opportunities to view the release Tuesday. Those interested in seeing the events should be at the Litchfield Corrals 20 miles north of Susanville, Calif., on U.S. Highway 395 no later than 6 a.m.

The horses being returned to the range have been selected for traits that are historically characteristic of animals in the Herd Management Area located in Lassen County, Calif., and Washoe County, Nev. The Twin Peaks horses are descendants of Spanish horses, local ranch horses and cavalry mounts. Animal type, color and conformation were among the characteristics considered as animals were selected for placement back on the range.

The BLM’s goal is to leave approximately 450 horses and 72 burros in the entire Herd Management Area. Mares being released will be treated with a non-permanent fertility control vaccine administered by a qualified veterinarian.

The Twin Peaks gather began on August 11 and is expected to continue into September. Wild horses and burros have been removed and transported to the Litchfield Corrals where they will be prepared for adoption. It is anticipated these animals will be available for adoption in October. Adoption information is available from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Information Center, 866 468-7826 (866-4MUSTANGS).

BLM is providing the public an opportunity to view the gather operations daily so long as the safety of the animals, staff , contractors and visitors is not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted. Information on observation opportunities is available by calling 530-252-5324. The corrals at Litchfield where the initial animals removed from the range are being held are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.




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Last updated: 08-17-2010