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Northern California District
Release Date: 05/23/11
Contacts: Erin Curtis , (916) 978-4622 or  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-11-48

BLM Postpones Tulare Wild Horse Adoption, Monitoring Horse Disease Outbreak

The Bureau of Land Management is postponing a wild horse and burro adoption event planned for early June in Tulare due to statewide concerns about an outbreak of a highly contagious equine disease.

The adoption event had been set for Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.  The BLM will reschedule the adoption event on a future date if possible.

Plans remain in place for other adoption events scheduled for June, but they could be postponed if the disease outbreak worsens.  To check on the status of upcoming adoptions, go to

No wild horses at the BLM’s Litchfield or Ridgecrest corrals or its Redlands adoption center have been exposed 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: 05-23-2011