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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/09/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 (  
News Release No. NC-12-37

Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption in Red Bluff

Young, healthy wild horses from the high deserts of northwest Nevada and burros from southern California deserts will be available for adoption Saturday, March 31, at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

The U. S. Bureau of Land Management will bring its Adopt a Horse or Burro Program to the fairgrounds as part of the Back Country Horsemen of California State Rendezvous.  The adoption pens will be set up near the Pauline Davis Arena.

“Wild horses are tough, smart and loyal.  They are readily trained and make ideal back country pack animals,” said Doug Satica, manager of the BLM’s wild horse corrals near Susanville.  “We’ll offer animals that would be great pack string additions or excellent pleasure-riding stock.”

The BLM will offer three mares and three geldings between 2 and 4 years old; three 1-year-old fillies and three 1-year-old geldings; three jack burros and three jenny burros.  All animals are certified healthy and have received all necessary vaccinations including rabies and West Nile.  They come with complete health care records.

Adoption event gates open at 8 a.m. The event begins with a silent bid auction from 9 to 11 a.m. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for $125 on a first-come, first-served basis for the rest of the day.  Anyone interested can preview the animals at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

Wild horses coming to Red Bluff were rounded up from public lands near High Rock Canyon in remote northwest Nevada.  Herds in this area are known for producing horses that grow to 14 to16 hands high (56-64 inches at the withers), BLM officials said.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States.  For each animal they must provide a 400 square-foot corral surrounded by six-foot pipe or board fences (five-foot corral fences are allowed for horses under 18 months old; four and a half-foot fences are allowed for burros).  A roofed, two-sided shelter is required.  Animals must be kept in these corrals until they can be handled, haltered and led.

Adopted animals initially remain property of the federal government.  After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title.

Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law that requires the BLM to manage wild populations at levels that the rangelands can support.  Animals removed from the range are offered for public adoption.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-09-2012