Bureau of Land Management offers $1,000 adoption incentives to give wild horses good homes

(Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Alabama – On Friday and Saturday, the Cullman Agricultural Trade Center hosted the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Event. The BLM offers feral horses and burros for adoption or purchase at events across the country throughout the year. Potential buyers had their pick of 75 horses and burros available for adoption or sale.

The Bureau of Land Management created the Wild Horse and Burro Program to implement the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, passed in 1971. Broadly, the law declares wild horses and burros to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneering spirit of the West” and states that the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service have the responsibility to manage and protect herds in their respective jurisdictions in areas where wild horses and burros have been found wandering in 1971. Free-roaming wild horses can be found on public lands. in 10 western states.

To manage the growth of the feral horse and burro population, the BLM controls herd growth through the application of fertility measures, such as birth control and periodic removal of excess animals and placement of these animals in private care through adoptions and sales.

The BLM Adoption Incentive Program was available to anyone who wanted to provide a good home for an untrained horse or burro. Adoptions cost $125 while sales cost $25; however, the Adoption Incentive Program allows qualified adopters to receive up to $1,000 up to 60 days after the title date. The goal of the program is to reduce BLM’s recurring costs of caring for unadopted and untrained feral horses and donkeys while helping BLM deal with a growing overpopulation of feral horses and donkeys on rangelands. fragile public.

To receive the incentive, adopters will need to take their title eligibility letter that they receive in the mail to a veterinarian to have it signed. The BLM also states in a press release: “To be eligible for adoption, one must be at least 18 years old and have no history of animal abuse. Qualifying homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses, five feet for yearlings, and four and a half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in stock type covered trailers with hinged doors and solid walls and floors.

Many participants who came to the event were ready to train the animals themselves. Milfred Defosse, who attended with her daughter Nicole, said the reason they wanted to adopt a horse was because they needed good homes. Nicole also wanted a young mustang to work and break with.

BLM has placed more than 280,000 of these horses and burros in private care.

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