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Release Date: 09/10/09
Contacts: Fran Ackley 719-269-8511    
  Vanessa Delgado 303-239-3681    

Colorado BLM Offers Mustangs for National Wild Horse Adoption Day

CANON CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Bureau of Land Management is offering up to 2,000 mustangs for adoption as part of National Wild Horse Adoption Day, a joint effort with humane animal advocacy groups.

The adoption, encouraging the American public to adopt a wild horse, takes place in Colorado at the Canon City Wild Horse Inmate Program on Sept. 18. Five of the mustangs, dubbed Colorado’s Lucky Flush, were gathered from the Jackson Mountain herd management area in Nevada in 2007.

All five of those horses were halter trained by inmates and are ready for adoption. Colorado’s Lucky Flush are three or four years old and named after counties in northern Nevada:  Churchill, Pershing, Lander, Elko, and Humboldt.  The adoption fee for each mustang has been lowered to $125 for this event. Normally, saddle and halter trained animals run up to $1,025.

“The Jackson Mountain herd was gathered because the population exceeded the land’s ability to support the horses on the range.  The gather was necessary in order to prevent further declines in animal and rangeland health,” Fran Ackley, BLM Colorado horse lead, said.  “Many of the horses from the Jackson Mountain area are still in holding facilities and awaiting adoption.”

Nearly 37,000 mustangs and burros roam federal lands across the West, approximately 10,000 more than the land can support with existing uses. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the BLM oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros held throughout the United States.  Since 1973, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

Prospective adopters must be approved and schedule an appointment by Tuesday, Sept. 15.  For photos of Colorado’s Lucky Flush as well as other adoption information, go to  Information is also available by calling the BLM in Canon City at 719.269.8539.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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