BLM Wheatland corral postpones May 6 wild horse adoption


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Wheatland, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management Wheatland Off-Range Corral has postponed its May 6 wild horse and burro adoption due to a lingering illness affecting horses at the facility.

On March 28, BLM announced the diagnosis of Streptococcus equi (strangles) in horses at the facility, requiring temporary closure of the corrals and quarantine of animals. Strangles is a contagious bacterial infection similar to strep throat in humans.

Some horses are still showing signs of illness. Therefore, the closure and quarantine will remain in effect until a veterinarian determines the horses to no longer be infectious. No public tours or adoptions will occur during the closure to reduce stress on the animals and avoid transmission outside the facility.

The Wheatland Off-Range Corral’s next adoption event is scheduled for Friday, May 20. The BLM and veterinarian continue to assess and care for the horses, and BLM will announce its determination to hold the event at a later date.

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