Did you catch it? The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program was featured in a recent segment of CBS’s 60 Minutes on November 20. The segment gives a quick overview of the wild horse and burro issue and highlights BLM’s collaborative program at the Wyoming Honor Farm, a minimum-security correctional facility located in Riverton, which pairs inmates with an experienced horse trainer to gentle wild horses and burros and place them into good homes. This win-win-win endeavor helps lower recidivism rates for program participants, makes gentled wild horses and burros more attractive to adopters, and lowers costs for the BLM to hold and care for unadopted animals.
The BLM supports five inmate training programs across the country that help train and adopt out hundreds of wild horses and burros every year. As chronic herd overpopulation and severe drought continue to threaten animal and land health, the BLM remains committed in its work with Congress, partners and stakeholders to find innovative solutions for managing healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public lands. This fact sheet provides further information about the BLM's challenges in managing wild horses and burros on public lands as directed by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.