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For Immediate Release          Denise Adamic BLM 303-239-3671
January 13, 2009     Vanessa Delgado BLM 303-239-3681

Colorado Mustangs to march in Presidential Inauguration Parade

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Ten Bureau of Land Management Mustangs, adopted by the U.S. Border Patrol’s Spokane Sector, will participate in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C.

Two of the mustangs in the parade are BLM Colorado horses: one from the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area in southwestern Colorado; and one from the Sandwash Basin Herd Management Area in northwestern Colorado. All ten horses were trained through a BLM Colorado training program.

The U.S. Border Patrol’s Mustang Unit was formed in the spring of 2007 when the Spokane Sector began adopting BLM wild horses through the Project Noble Mustang Initiative. The horses are used to patrol a stretch of the U.S. and Canada border that boasts some of North America’s most rugged and remote terrain. In all, the U.S. Border Patrol has adopted 18 BLM horses for patrol on the northern border and 4 for work on the southern border.

Through a cooperative agreement between the BLM and the Colorado Department of Corrections, the wild horses receive personal and extensive training as part of an inmate rehabilitative program at the Cañon City Colorado Correctional Institution before being adopted by the U.S. Border Patrol. The Cañon City facility is one of five facilities in the country that hosts training for BLM wild horses.

The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program manages wild horses and burros to ensure healthy, free-roaming herd populations at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them.  The BLM manages more than 33,000 wild horses and burros that roam public rangelands in 10 Western states.

To learn more about the mustangs participating in the inaugural parade, visit our Web site at:http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/news/inaugural_parade_horses.html

For more information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program or adopting a mustang please visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/adoption_of_wild_horses.html

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Editor’s Note: Photos and biographies of the horses are available upon request

Last updated: 01-13-2009