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April 19, 2007
Contact: Marilyn Krause
Wild Horses and Burros Coming to Helena June 16
People interested in adopting a wild horse or burro will have an opportunity on June 16 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena. The Bureau of Land Management is offering the adoption of animals to qualified people through the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption program.
After caring for the animal for one year, the adopter is eligible to receive title or ownership from the Federal Government. In conjunction with the adoption, BLM is sponsoring two free horse training demonstrations on June 15 at 1 pm and 5 pm at the fairgrounds. Instructor for the demonstrations is Steve Mantle, a well known trainer from Wyoming.
You must meet facility requirements and have an approved application in order to bid on any animal. Advance applications to adopt are highly recommended. The minimum bid per animal is $125. For an adoption application, or for more information on the requirements, contact Nancy Bjelland, wild horse and burro administrator at (406) 896-5222. General information is available at BLM’s website http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
Those interested in adopting these horses and burros will be able to view them at the fairgrounds starting Friday, June 15 from 8 am to 9 pm. Gates open at 7 am on June 16 for viewing and registration.
The BLM manages public lands throughout the west and their vast array of resources to benefit both current and future generations. One of the BLM’s legislative responsibilities is to manage and preserve the wild horse as a “living symbol” of the Old West. The BLM gathers wild horses and burros from the western range in order to maintain an ecological balance between wild horses and burros, native wildlife and domestic animals grazing on western public lands. The gathered animals are put into BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program.