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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/03/11
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-11-30

Mustangs, Burros Available for Adoption in Red Bluff, Chico

North Valley residents will have the opportunity to provide homes for wild horses and burros when the Bureau of Land Management brings its adoption program to Red Bluff and Chico on two weekends in April.

Animals will be available Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, and Saturday, April 16, at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.  Both adoption events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with previews from 2 to 6 p.m. on the preceding Fridays. 

Each event will feature 30 mustang mares, geldings, colts and fillies ranging in age from about a year old to five years old, and 10 wild burros of all ages.

“Most of these animals are from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area northeast of Susanville, Calif.,” said Nancy Haug, the BLM’s Northern California District manager.  “They have been vaccinated against a range of equine diseases, including rabies and West Nile virus, and they are ready to train.”

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States.  Adopted animals must be kept in corrals that offer at least 400 square feet per animal and are surrounded by six-foot pipe or board fences (five and a half-foot fences are allowed for horses under two years old;  four-foot fences are allowed for burros).  Two-sided roofed shelters are required.

Title to adopted animals initially remains with the U. S. government, but after providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title.

Horses and burros coming to the North Valley were captured from wild herds whose populations exceeded the carrying capacity of their ranges.

Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act which requires the BLM to maintain wild populations in balance with other range users, including wildlife and domestic livestock, so that food and water sources are sustained.

More information on wild horse management can be found online at  Adoption information is available by calling 866-4MUSTANGS.


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Last updated: 03-03-2011