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BLM offers wild horse, burro adoptions Sept. 12-14

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Wild horses await adoption at a previous Bureau of Land Management event.

Courtesy/BLM Wild horses await adoption at a previous Bureau of Land Management event.

KINGMAN - They are the living symbols of America's Wild West, and on Sept. 12-14 the Bureau of Land Management plans to offer 30 spirited and healthy wild horses and burros to qualified adopters during the Mohave County Fair in Kingman.

This is the first BLM wild horse and burro adoption at the Mohave County Fair in several years. Thirty wild horses and burros will be available for adoption. Adopters and visitors should use the east gate of the fairgrounds on Harrison Road.

The public can visit the fairgrounds on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to see the animals available and submit

an adoption application for approval. Beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, a silent bid auction will take place for the untrained horses and burros. The silent auction will last 30 minutes. The minimum bid is $125 per animal.

Successful bidders may be eligible to "Adopt-A-Buddy" horse for $25. Only pre-approved adopters may bid during the auction. Following the auction, animals that remain available may be adopted for their minimum bid fee posted on the corrals. All adopted animals must be transported from the site by 3 p.m. Sunday.

Other upcoming Arizona wild horse and burro adoptions will take place at Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde Oct. 10-12 and Apache Junction Rodeo Park in February 2009.

Each animal available for adoption has been vaccinated for common equine conditions and diseases. Adopters will receive complete health care records, as well as herd management and other equine information for their newly adopted animals.

To qualify to adopt, citizens must be at least 18 years of age, and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.

Adopters must keep each newly adopted horse and burro in its own corral measuring at least 400 square feet, and constructed of sturdy pipe or rail (no field fencing or barbed wire).

Corral height requirements vary from 4.5 feet for burros to five feet for horses younger than 18 months of age, and six feet high for horses 18 months and older. Corrals must also include a shaded area and water trough. Adopted animals must be kept in their own corral until they can be approached, handled, haltered and led. Open pastures or any areas that include barbed wire or field fencing cannot be used.

Adopters must provide trailer transportation home for their animals (only fully enclosed stock trailers are allowed).

Adopters also must have a properly fitting halter and a lead rope for each animal. BLM will halter and load each animal into the adopter's trailer.

Title to adopted wild horses and burros remains with the federal government for one year. After providing a year of good care, adopters are notified to apply for title. Random compliance inspections are conducted

during the year.

About 33,000 wild horses and burros are currently roaming on public lands in the western states. More than 215,500 animals have been placed in private care since the BLM Adopt-a-Horse or Burro Program began over 30 years ago.

For more information on BLM adoption events or adopting a wild horse or burro, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS, or visit its website at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

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