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40 Wild Horses Up For Adoption

Last updated on Thursday, November 1, 2012

(EDINBURGH) - The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management will offer about 40 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5 years old to potential adopters this week in Johnson County.

The bureau offer adoptions Friday and Saturday at Hoosier Horse Park, 7105 Kern St., Edinburgh.

A wild free-roaming horse or burro, as defined by federal law, is an unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming animal found on Western public rangelands. Wild horses and burros are descendants of animals released by or escaped from Spanish explorers, ranchers, miners, U.S. Cavalry or American Indians.

Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20-by-20 feet or larger and at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for horses younger than 18 months. They also must have a shelter directly attached to the corral.

Adopters must provide a stock-type, step-up trailer. Ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed.

The Saturday adoption will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The animals can be previewed from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Adoption hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. An adoption fee of $125 for animals younger than 3 years and $25 for animals 3 and older is required.

Applications will be reviewed starting Friday and can be submitted until Saturday. For information, call 1-866-468-7826 or visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

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