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Northern California District
Release Date: 09/21/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC_10_102

BLM Completes Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Roundup

The Bureau of Land Management on Sunday completed rounding up excess wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area. In the roundup, 1,639 wild horses and 160 wild burros were taken from the range to restore wild populations to their appropriate management levels.

Bureau officials will conduct an aerial population survey within the next week to confirm the wild horse and burro populations, and will release some animals back onto the range if necessary to maintain the populations within ranges of 448-758 wild horses and 72-116 wild burros.

“This was a large and challenging project, and we are pleased to have completed it while accomplishing our objectives of safety, humane treatment, public access and transparency,” said Nancy Haug, BLM’s Northern California district manager.  “Returning the wild horse and burro populations to their appropriate levels will help ensure that the rangelands stay healthy along with horses and burros, wildlife and domestic livestock.”

Wild horses and burros removed from the range will be available for adoption at the BLM Litchfield Corrals near Susanville, via the Internet and at wild horse and burro adoption events in various locations across the nation.  Dates and details will be announced.

Older wild horses will be housed in long-term pastures in the Midwest.

Complete roundup statistics, including veterinary reports, are available online at

The BLM protects controls and manages wild horses and burros under provisions of 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 that they be managed as part of a “thriving natural ecological balance on the range.”

“We recognize that many people value our nation’s wild horses and burros, and we share that appreciation,” Haug said.  “With completion of this project, wild horses and burros will enjoy healthy rangeland habitat or humane care off the range.”


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Last updated: 09-21-2010