BLM to host wild horse and burro event in Carthage, Missouri



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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a wild horse and burro placement event on November 3-4, 2023, offering approximately 30-70 excess animals gathered from western rangelands, at the Civil War Arena, 11838 Civil War Rd., Carthage, Missouri.

“The BLM’s goal is to place animals removed from overpopulated herds into good, private homes,” said Northeastern States Deputy District Manager Shannon McCrory. “Thanks to the help of its partners and innovative tools like the Adoption Incentive Program and the Online Corral, the BLM has doubled the rate of private care placement over the last five years compared to the previous five years. The Northeastern States District is proud to have helped in increasing these numbers and continues to strive to place as many animals as possible into good homes.”

Adoptions and sales will be scheduled from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT on Friday, November 3, and from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 4. Scheduling an appointment is preferred, and adoptions/sales are first come first served at the event. Make an appointment to reserve your spot today! Appointments can be made via email at The BLM requests all potential buyers and adopters to disclose their top three preferred time slots when making appointments.

The BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program was designed to help improve rangeland health in overpopulated herd management areas in the western states and to save taxpayer costs for animals held at off-range holding facilities. Through this program, qualified adopters are eligible to receive $1000 after one year of issuance of the certificate of title for an untrained wild horse or burro. The incentive is available for all untrained animals eligible for adoption with an adoption fee of $125 per animal.

Animals that are over 10 years old or younger animals who were unsuccessfully adopted out to new homes three times may be sold. BLM staff will be available to identify these animals to interested, qualified buyers. Purchasers will receive immediate ownership of the animals. To learn more about BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program, visit

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.