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Northern California District
Release Date: 04/26/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 ,
News Release No. CA-N-12-52

Wild Horses and Burros Up for Adoption in Santa Rosa

Wild horses from northwest Nevada ranges and wild burros from northeast California public lands will be available for adoption Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will offer 30 mustangs ranging in age from 1 to 4, and 10 burros, in the event that runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

"We will have a nice selection of 20 yearling fillies and geldings along with mares and geldings up to 4 years old," said Doug Satica, manager of the BLM wild horse and burro corrals near Susanville, Calif. "The mustangs are from High Rock Canyon area herds known for producing good sized horses with a variety of color. The burros are from the Twin Peaks herd management area along the California-Nevada border near Susanville."

The adoption event begins with silent bidding from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee for the remainder of the weekend. Anyone interested can preview the animals when they arrive Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m.

"These animals have had vaccinations for all common equine diseases including rabies and West Nile virus," Satica said. "We provide a complete set of health care records."

Basic information about training mustangs and burros will be featured in free training demonstrations both days of the adoption event.

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, surrounded by six-foot pipe or board fences (five-foot fences are allowed for horses under 2 years old; four-foot fences are allowed for burros). Two-sided roofed shelters are required. Adopters receive title to their animals after providing a year of good care. Horses and burros coming to Santa Rosa 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 and rangelands are conserved.

More information on wild horse management can be found online at Adoption information is available by calling 866-468-7826 (866-4MUSTANGS).


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Last updated: 04-26-2012