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May wild horse adoptions postponed

Apr 5, 2020 From staff reports

In support of national and state efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the scheduled wild horse adoption at Wyoming Honor Farm near Riverton on May 15-16 is postponed.

The adoptions scheduled in early May in Powell and at the Rock Springs Wild Horse Facility scheduled for April 24-25 also are postponed.

The Rock Springs corrals currently are closed and are not accepting appointments for the time being, to ensure maximum safety for visitors and employees.

Events will be rescheduled this summer at various locations including Rock Springs, Powell, the Steve Mantle Training Facility and Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Typically, two adoptions are held at the Honor Farm each year under the supervision of the federal Bureau of Land Management, one in the spring and another in early fall. Last fall at the Wyoming Honor Farm, 37 wild horses and burros gentled by inmate trainers found new homes during the Bureau of Land Management/Wyoming Honor Farm fall adoption in Riverton.

BLM's final Wyoming adoptions in 2019 remain scheduled. The first is set Sept. 20-21 at the Wind River Ranch near Lander, followed by the second Sept. 27-28 and at the Deerwood Ranch near Laramie.

Those dates will be re-evaluated as the coronavirus pandemic situation changes during the spring and summer.

"The BLM and the Honor Farm share a commitment to place excess wild horses and burros into private care in order to maintain healthy animals on sustainable, working public rangelands," a BLM statement accompanying the cancellation notices reads.

"We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and we will make any necessary changes should the need arise. Thank you for your understanding."

For a full schedule of adoption events, or to learn more about the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit BLM.GOV/WHB or contact the national information center at 866-468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in Wyoming and 11 other western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. BLM economic activity supported 471,000 jobs.

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