BLM to offer wild horses, burros for adoption in Ferndale

three brown horses in a corral

Ferndale BCH event is being postponed due to Caltrans closing down the Fernbridge for repairs. It has been one way traffic since the earthquake and they hopefully will have it reopened by March 20th. After the event.

SUSANVILLE, Calif. The Bureau of Land Management will offer three halter-gentled wild horses and two untrained wild burros for adoption Saturday, March 18, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale, Calif.

Anyone interested can preview the animals when they arrive at the fairgrounds at 3 p.m., Friday, March 17.  The adoption gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday, and a silent auction runs for an hour beginning at 9 a.m. Animals not taken during the auction will be available for BLM’s standard adoption fee of $125.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and have facilities that meet the BLM’s requirements. Title to the animals remains with the federal government for a year, after which adopters can apply for title. Detailed information about adopter qualifications and facility requirements can be found here:

The adoption event is being held in conjunction with the Back Country Horsemen of California Trail Obstacle Challenge, a free event open to public spectators. The event includes demonstrations on back country horse and burro packing topics including Dutch oven cooking, predator encounters, trail etiquette and correctly packing gear.

The BLM is responsible under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act for protecting and managing wild horses and burros on public lands. The agency periodically removes animals from the range when populations exceed levels established to allow wild horse and burro herds to thrive in balance with other range users, including wildlife and permitted livestock. These animals are then available for adoption at events throughout the country. 

To learn more about the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro program, please 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.

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Jeff Fontana