BLM California offers wild horses and burros for adoption at Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous


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Burros in a corral. (BLM Photo)

TULARE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management will offer 14 wild horses and 10 burros for adoption on Oct. 29-31, at the Tulare Fairgrounds, 620 S. K St., Tulare, in conjunction with the annual Backcountry Horsemen of California Rendezvous.

The BLM gathered the wild horses from overpopulated herds from California and Nevada, including the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory, Johnnie Herd Management Area and Nevada Wild Horse Range, as part of our mission to manage healthy horses on healthy public lands. The wild burros were gathered from the Clark Mountain Herd Area and the Chocolate Mule Mountains Herd Management Area. All animals are five years old and younger.

On Friday, Oct. 29, everyone is invited to preview the available animals from noon – 4 p.m. Adoption applications are available from the BLM website at Potential adopters can bring a completed application or fill one out at the event. On Saturday, Oct. 30, completed adoption applications will be accepted starting at 7:30 a.m. with live competitive bidding starting at 9 a.m. You must have submitted an adoption application to be allowed to bid. On Sunday, Oct. 31, adoptions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8:00 am to noon.

Adopters must meet BLM’s qualifications and facility requirements. Details can be found at For more information, please contact the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals at 760-384-5765 or

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law on December 15, 1971. To mark this anniversary, the BLM is holding a series of events around the country highlighting the value of wild horses and burros as enduring symbols of our national heritage.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.