The Bureau of Land Management manages and protects wild horses and burros on 26.9 million acres of public lands across 10 Western states as part of its mission to administer public lands for a variety of uses. The Wild Horse and Burro Program's goal is to manage healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public rangelands.
The Bureau of Land Management created the Wild Horse and Burro Program to implement the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act (.pdf), passed by Congress in 1971. Broadly, the law declares wild horses and burros to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” and stipulates that the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service have the responsibility to manage and protect herds in their respective jurisdictions within areas where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971. Read more >>
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The BLM manages free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands as part of its multiple-use mission, with the goal of supporting healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public rangelands. The BLM is responsible for determining and maintaining appropriate management levels (AML) for each herd and works to achieve that population target through a variety of management processes, including limiting reproduction in some herds through the use of birth control and gathers that remove excess animals from the range. Read more >>
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The BLM works to place excess animals into private care through its Adoption and Sales Programs as well as successful partnerships with organizations across the nation. Many have found it personally challenging and rewarding to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro. It is a chance to care for, and then own, a part of America’s heritage. Read more >>
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There are many opportunities to get involved in the management and protection of America’s wild horses and burros. The BLM relies on the advice and guidance of its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, as well as the hard work and determination of thousands of volunteers, partners, donors and contractors. Read more >>
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Managing, protecting, and finding homes for America’s wild horses and burro is challenging as it is rewarding. The BLM relies on the work of many partners to accomplish its mission of maintaining healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public lands.
The BLM works with its partners to accomplish range and herd management goals; training and adopting excess wild horses and burros; raising awareness of the unique qualities and sustained privilege of owning a wild horses or burro; and many other activities to improve the lives of the animals. Read more >>
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The BLM strives to provide valuable information to the public regarding the Wild Horse and Burro Program, including wild horse and burro adoption and purchase opportunities, information about upcoming gathers and more. We also encourage you to report any inhumane treatment of adopted wild horses and burros. We value your feedback.
Wild Horse and Burro Information Call Center
Contact information for off-range corral facilities can be found on each facility webpage.
Contact your local BLM state, district or field office for specific questions regarding submitting an adoption application, obtaining title and more.
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The Bureau of Land Management announces three new appointees to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
As part of its mandate to ensure public involvement and science-based decision making in managing America’s wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced three appointments today for its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The three new members bring expertise in the areas of research, natural resource management and public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior). Read more>>
Recent BLM Announcements:
- The Bureau of Land Management renews humane treatment standards for wild horses and burros
- The Bureau of Land Management posts significant accomplishments for wild horse and burro management in Fiscal Year 2020
- The Bureau of Land Management seeks nominations to fill vacancies on National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
- The Bureau of Land Management to award contracts for seven new wild horse off-range pastures
HOW TO BRING HOME A WILD HORSE OR BURRO
A video-based educational discussion guide about wild horse and burro management is available for use with younger and older learners alike. Visit BLM's Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships to download a discussion guide based on the short film "Horse Rich, Dirt Poor."
INHUMANE TREATMENT AND ILLEGAL SALE
The BLM provides information to equine sale and auction facilities regarding the illegal sale of untitled wild horses and burros. If you observe or have factual information that a federally protected (untitled) wild horse or wild burro has been treated inhumanely or illegally sold to slaughter, please contact the BLM at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 866-468-7826 with your name, contact information, and specific information about what you saw or know. If possible, please include the freeze mark and/or photos.