News.bytes News.bytes Extra, issue 251

Wild horses and burros take Eureka

The BLM's Wild Horse and Burro adoption program made a return to the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka during the weekend of Sept. 30, placing 28 animals in the care of North Coast horse and burro enthusiasts.

Below, potential adopters look over a pen of horses shortly after the adoption gates opened at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The previous evening more than 125 people were on hand to seen the horses and burros when they arrived from the BLM's Litchfield Corrals near Susanville.

As always, BLM volunteers played an important role in the event, introducing wild horses and burros to the public. Below, adopter Nancy Koke conducts an interview with reporter Eric Koch of KIEM TV, Eureka's NBC affiliate. With Nancy is "Sachie," a mustang she adopted when the BLM held an adoption event in Eureka four years ago. Nancy was also featured in an human interest story in the daily Eureka Times-Standard newspaper.

In addition to working with the press, Nancy took of time to introduce Sachie, a five-year-old mare, to families attending the adoption event, below.

As with most adoptions recently, burros proved to be popular with adopters. In Eureka, six of nine available burros found new homes.

Training demonstrations were popular with adopters and with people who attended the event out of curiosity. Below, volunteer Edona Miller of Wheatland demonstrates a gentling technique as the horse's new owners look on.

The adoption program now moves to Red Bluff where several burros will be up for adoption during the annual Longears Cele 'bray' tion, a fun-filled burro and mule show set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15. Following that event, the BLM will offer 80 mustangs and 10 burros for adoption Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, at the Madonna Inn Arena in San Luis Obispo.

- JFontana, 10/06

BLM California News.bytes, issue 251