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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/31/11
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-11-41

Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption in Chico

Wild horses and burros from public land ranges in northeast California and northwest Nevada will be available for adoption Saturday, April 16, at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.

The U. S. Bureau of Land Management will offer 30 mustang mares, geldings, colts and fillies ranging in age from about 1 to 5 years old.  The BLM expects to offer 10 wild burros of all ages.

“These animals have been vaccinated against diseases including rabies and West Nile virus and are certified healthy,” said Nancy Haug, manager of the BLM’s Northern California District.  “They are ready to begin training for pleasure riding, competition or work.”

Anyone interested can preview the animals when they arrive at the fairgrounds Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. 

The adoption event opens at 9 a.m. Saturday with two hours of silent bidding.  Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.

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 2 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.

Most of the horses and burros coming to Chico were captured last summer from the Twin Peaks Herd Management area along the California-Nevada border northeast of Susanville.  The BLM removed the animals to maintain the wild population at a designated level.

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: 03-31-2011