BLM Auctions Off Wild Horses, Burros

A young colt waits in a holding pen.

The Bureau of Land Management brought 60 horses and four burros
to the adoption. A total of 37 wild mustangs and all four burros
were adopted.
The Bureau of Land Management brought 60 horses and four burros to the adoption. A total of 37 wild mustangs and all four burros were adopted. A burro fetched the highest price – $925 – of any animal adopted. Starting prices were $125. All animals received vaccinations and boosters, including those for West Nile Virus and rabies, and de-worming treatments. They were gathered from BLM land in the southeastern part of the United States. Wild horses and burros are protected by federal law which recognizes them as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west,” and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds. The BLM periodically gathers the animals to control herd populations on ranges shared with wildlife and domestic livestock to ensure there is sufficient feed and water for all animals on a range.

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