BLM suspends wild horse and burro adoptions due to icy conditions


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SUSANVILLE, Calif. — Wild horse and burro adoptions at the Bureau of Land Management Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corral near Susanville have been temporarily suspended, as icy conditions have made it unsafe to move the animals into the loading area.

“We had snowfall earlier this month, followed by very cold temperatures,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville. “The horses are safe in their pens that have no deep snow, but the alley connecting the pens to the loading is very icy.”

The BLM will announce resumption of adoptions when conditions improve.

The Litchfield corrals currently hold about 400 wild horse and 331 wild burros. They are kept in pens that average about five acres in size.

Information on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, including adopting an animal, is available here:

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.