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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 10/14/11
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-12-7

Horses, Burros Available for Adoption in Tulare


Residents of the Tulare area will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families, when the Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to Tulare County Fairgrounds, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15.

The BLM will offer 20 horses, mostly yearlings, and 10 burros for public adoption. Anyone interested can preview the animals from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 14. Use the O Street entrance to the Kraft Covered Arena. After that, animals will be available for a $125 adoption fee. The event gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

"With cooler days ahead, this is a great time to begin training an adopted mustang or burro," said Art DiGrazia, manager at BLM’s Ridgecrest wild horse and burro facility.  "Our horses and burros are certified to be healthy and they are ready to begin training."

The horses are from herd management areas in Northeast California and Northwest Nevada.  Burros (donkeys) came from Southern California deserts.
 
Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  The law recognizes the animals as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west," and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds.

The BLM periodically gathers horses and burros to control herd populations on ranges shared with wildlife and domestic livestock.  Herd sizes are controlled to ensure there is sufficient feed and water for all range users and to ensure that natural resources are not over-used.

For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (687-8264) or the Ridgecrest Corrals at1-800-951-8720.   Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.




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Last updated: 10-15-2011