CARSON CITY – The Bureau of Land Management has canceled the saddle-trained wild horse and burro public adoption event previously planned for June 13, 2020. Like many similar cancelations, this one is also due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
The event is annually held in cooperation with the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC), where inmates work with professional trainers to saddle-train the animals. Both the BLM and the NNCC will continue to care for and work with the wild horses and burros for future adoption events.
The adoption program is the BLM’s primary tool for placing wild horses and burros into private care, removing them from overpopulated herds on public lands where available vegetation and water can become scarce as populations grow. More than 250,000 wild horses and burros have been placed by the BLM into private care since 1971.
The next saddle-trained wild horse adoption and competitive-bid auction at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center is tentatively scheduled for October 10, 2020. Additional information on this partnership, including past and current event catalogs, is posted on-line at https://on.doi.gov/2jE05uy.
For more information about these special adoption or sale events and how to adopt or purchase your own wild horse or burro visit BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program webpage at https://www.blm.gov/whb.