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Date:  July 17, 2008
Contact:  Nancy Bjelland (406) 896-5222

Wild Horse Adoption in Billings August 9-10

The Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse and burro adoption in Billings, Mont., on Aug. 9 and 10. The adoption will take place at the Billings Saddle Club, 756 Alkali Creek Road. About 50 untrained wild horses and burros from western rangelands will be available for adoption.

The oral competitive bid adoption will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 9.  The doors will open that day at 7 a.m. for horse viewing and registration. The adoption on Sunday, Aug. 10, will be on a first come, first serve basis from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities on Friday, Aug. 8, include horse viewing and registration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Lesley Neuman will present training demonstrations at both 1 and 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, and again on Saturday at 8 a.m.  Neuman is a wild horse gentler and trainer from Oregon. 

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.

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.