Date: August 27, 2007
Contact: Nancy Bjelland 406-896-5222
Wild Horse Adoption in Livingston September 8
Individuals interested in adopting a wild horse or burro will have an opportunity on Saturday, September 8, 2007, in Livingston, Montana. Approximately 52 untrained wild horses and burros from Nevada rangelands will be available for adoption through an oral bidding process.
The adoption will be held at the Park County Fairgrounds main arena at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The doors will open that day at 7 a.m. for horse viewing and registration. Lesley Neuman will give training demonstrations on Friday, September 7, at both 1 and 5 p.m. The wild horses and burros will be available for viewing on Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The minimum bid for each animal is $125. For more information on how to adopt or to receive an application, contact Nancy Bjelland, BLM adoption coordinator, at (406) 896-5222 or toll free (866) 4Mustangs.
The wild horses are from the Deer Lodge Canyon, Wilson Creek, and Dry Lake herd management areas in Nevada. Offered for adoption will be 15 yearling fillies, 13 mares, seven gelded yearlings, seven two-year-old geldings, and 10 burros.
Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros as part of its overall multiple-use mission. The Bureau works to ensure that population levels are in balance with rangeland resources and other uses of the public lands; toward that end, the BLM removes thousands of wild horses and burros from the range each year to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population about every four years. Many of the wild horses and burros are offered for adoption or sale to those individuals and groups willing and able to provide humane, long-term care.