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California Desert District
Release Date: 11/29/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Steve Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-11-14

Holiday Wild Horse and Burro Adoption in Redlands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may have the perfect gift for that special someone on your holiday list.  Six black burros and 10 wild horses, including tri-colored Pintos and large two-year-old bay horses, will be offered for adoption at $125 each on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., first come, first served.  

On Friday afternoon, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5, you may preview the animals available for adoption.  On both days, celebrate the season with complementary cider and take advantage of the opportunity for you and your family to meet some of the BLM “holiday” wild horses and burros at the Sundance Ranch, 27273 Pilgrim Road in Redlands. 

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 38,400 wild horses and burros roaming on public rangelands in the western states.  More than 225,000 animals have been placed in private care since the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro Program began in the early 1970s.

For further information about the Redlands adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program, contact BLM toll free at 866-4MUSTANGS or visit


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Last updated: 11-30-2010