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Release Date: 06/02/11
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM to Hold Wild Horse Adoption in Bozeman

The Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse and burro adoption in Bozeman on June 24 and 25 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

About 40 wild horses and burros from western rangelands will be available for adoption. None of the horses offered for adoption are Pryor Mountain wild horses.

The oral competitive bid adoption starts at 10 a.m. on June 25. The doors open that day at 8 a.m. for horse viewing and registration. Activities on June 24 include horse viewing and registration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Dave Weeding gives training demonstrations at 1 and 5 p.m. on June 24 and again on June 25 at 8 a.m. Weeding is a wild horse gentler and trainer from Pompeys Pillar, Mont.,who has competed in two Extreme Mustang Makeover Competitions and finished second in both events. He has a passion for working with horses and is eager to share his experience. Weeding will be working with the horses available at the adoption.

A local veterinarian will also be at the adoption to answer questions and to write health certificates for any out-of-state adoptees.

The minimum bid for each animal is $125. For more information on how to adopt or to receive an application, contact Nancy Bjelland, BLM adoption coordinator, at (406) 896-5222, or David Abrams, Western Montana Public Affairs Specialist at (406) 533-7617. For more information about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call (866) 468-7826.

Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros as part of its overall multiple-use mission. The Bureau works to ensure that population levels are in balance with rangeland resources and other uses of the public lands; toward that end, the BLM removes thousands of wild horses and burros from the range each year to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population about every four years. Many of the wild horses and burros are offered for adoption or sale to those individuals and groups willing and able to provide humane, long-term care.

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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