BLM Rock Springs to host mid- April wild horse adoption event

BLM photo courtesy Tiffany Johnston, of Pinedale, offers a horse treat to a yearling at the Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility during an open house adoption event, March 16, 2019. Johnston and her family adopted the young horse pictured here through the new Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Incentive Program launched in March.

The Bureau of Land

Management Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding

Facility will host an adoption event April

12-13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The BLM will offer approximately 60 wild

horses during this adoption, including mares,

geldings and weanlings. The horses were

gathered in 2018 in the Green Mountain and

Stewart Creek herd management areas.

The horses presented during the adoption

event are available on a first-come, first-served

basis. Anyone wishing to adopt a wild horse

must fill out an application, conform to the

BLM’s minimum adoption requirements and

have their application approved by the BLM.

Staff specialists will be available to answer

questions and assist with the adoption applications.

The BLM launched a new wild horse

adoption incentive program in early March,

making qualified adopters eligible to receive

$500 within 60 days of the adoption date and

an additional $500 within 60 days of titling

for each animal. Titling normally occurs one

year from the adoption date. The incentive

is available for all untrained animals eligible

for adoption, including those at BLM facilities,

off-site events or on the agency’s Online

Corral website. Through the new incentive

program, adopters will only pay a minimum

$25 adoption fee per animal. The BLM manages

and protects wild horses and burros under

the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming

Horses and Burros Act. The Act directs the

BLM to address overpopulation by removing

excess animals from over-populated herds

and offering them to the public for adoption

or purchase. To learn more about BLM Wyoming’s

wild horse adoption program or the

Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility,

visit www.blm.gov/WHB.

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