BLM Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals temporarily closed to public
SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed the Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals to the public and suspended adoption appointments in response to Lassen County Public Health guidance related to the prevention of COVID-19 spread.
“With Lassen County’s shift into the purple tier of COVID-19 activity and associated restrictions, we have shifted the corral office into the required mandatory telework status,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville. “While our office staff is not able meet members of the public to conduct adoptions, our wranglers and feeding crew are continuing daily care and feeding of the horses and burros.”
Ryan said the staff is rescheduling current adoption appointments and will begin taking new appointments when Lassen County’s COVID-19 status returns to a lower level and office operations can resume.
The corrals currently hold about 400 wild horses and burros. The animals were removed from public lands as the BLM works to maintain wild populations in balance with available forage and water and with other rangeland users, including wildlife and domestic livestock.
Additional information is available by contacting the Litchfield Corrals at 530 254-6575.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.