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Northern California District
Release Date: 06/03/11
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530=252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-11-51

BLM Postpones Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Event in Napa

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse and burro adoption event planned for Napa in mid June has been postponed because of continuing concerns about an outbreak of a highly contagious equine disease.

The adoption had been planned for June 17-19 as a key feature of Napa Mustang Days.  The adoption and Mustang Days events will be rescheduled when concerns over the possible spread of the EHV-1 virus have passed.

“We appreciate all the efforts that Mustang Days organizers Mike and Nancy Kerson have put into organizing the events, but we have to take all precautions to protect wild horses and burros from chances of being exposed to this virus,” said Amy Dumas, manager of the Wild Horse and Burro Program for the BLM in California.  “We are working to find a new summer date for the adoption and festival.”

To check on the status of upcoming adoptions, including the new date for the Napa event, go to

No wild horses at the BLM’s Litchfield or Ridgecrest corrals or its Redlands adoption center have been exposed to or affected by the equine herpes virus (EHV-1).  Because the virus has been detected in horses in various areas of California, the BLM has decided against shipping horses to remote adoption events until the danger of disease spread has passed.

The Litchfield and Ridgecrest corrals and Redlands adoption center remain open for visitors and adoptions.  No new horses or burros will be shipped to the Redlands center until the disease threat has passed.

The EHV-1 virus causes serious symptoms for equines.  It spreads quickly among horses but cannot be spread to humans.  Experts say the best way to prevent spread of the disease is to keep horses isolated.

Information on the disease is available from the California Department of Food and Agriculture website:


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Last updated: 06-03-2011