BLM Litchfield Corrals now open for wild horse and burro adoptions

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A sign reading Litchfield corral and a large  covered  structure with hay underneath.

SUSANVILLE, Calif.  – With visitor lobby repairs from winter storm damage completed, the Bureau of Land Management Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Lassen County is now open for animal viewing, adoptions and purchases. To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and have facilities that meet the BLM’s requirements. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

The corral, 21 miles east of Susanville on U. S. Highway 395, welcomes visitors on a drop-in basis for animal viewing, but requires appointments for adoptions or purchase of qualifying horses or burros.

As of mid March, the facility was holding about 600 animals, mostly wild horses, from ranges in northeast California and northwest Nevada.  The numbers will decline in coming weeks as animals are provided for adoption events.

The BLM is responsible under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act for protecting and managing wild horses and burros on public lands. The agency periodically removes animals from the range when populations exceed levels established to allow wild horse and burro herds to thrive in balance with other range users, including wildlife and permitted livestock. These animals are then available for adoption at events throughout the country. 

Information on available animals and adoption appointments is available from the Litchfield Corrals at 530-254-6575. More information about the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro program is available online.