BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 states that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is to protect, manage, and control wild horses and burros in order to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. The BLM manages the herds as part of its multiple-use mission under the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

One of the key responsibilities the Bureau of Land Management has under the 1971 law is to determine the “appropriate management level” (AML) of the wild horses and burros.

Because wild horses and burros basically have no natural predators and because their herd size doubles about every four years, nearly 37,000 roam land managed by the BLM, across ten Western states – exceeding the number that can exist in balance with rangeland resources by 10,350.

In an effort to restore the balance, every year the BLM gathers thousands of wild horses and burros from public rangelands and offers them up for adoption to groups and individuals who are willing and able to give the animal long-term humane care.

For a current listing of the BLM’s adoption events, please visit the BLM adoption schedule.

In addition to the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and a burro adoption program, the BLM provides for purchase animals that are more than 10 years old, as well as younger ones that have been passed over for adoption at least three times.

If you are interested in buying older wild horses or burros and need more information, please visit the BLM’s wild horse sales program.

For more overall information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program sign up to receive e-mail updates on exciting events in the wild horse and burro program, or call (866) 4 MUSTANGS.


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