Wild Horse and Burro Holding Facility in Ewing, Ill., Open for Adoption
The Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will hold a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at the Wild Horse and Burro Holding Facility in Ewing, Ill., on February 19 and 20, 2005. The adoption will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Saturday, February 19, 2005. Remaining animals will be available for adoption Sunday, February 20, 2005, from 8 A.M. until 5 P.M. Approximately 100 animals, including young horses and burros, can be viewed by the public between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. on Friday, 18 February, 2005. The facility is located 30 minutes from Mt. Vernon, Ill., just east of I-57 exit 77.
The BLM is responsible for the wild horse and burro herds on BLM administered western public lands. To maintain an ecological balance and protect rangelands from overgrazing, animals are gathered from the fragile rangelands, as directed by Congress, and made available to citizens for a reasonable adoption fee of $125.
Animals, including yearlings and horses under 5 years old, as well as a few burros, will be available for this event. These horses are noted for their endurance, sure-footedness and intelligence. All animals have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested prior to being offered for adoption to good homes.
Since the Adopt-A-Wild Horse & Burro Program began in 1973, over 200,000 animals have been adopted nationwide. Gentled wild horses in the Midwest are used for trail riding, dressage, western events, and other disciplines. Wild horses adopted by the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon and U.S. Park Police may be seen at Arlington Cemetery and in the Nation's capitol. Burros are great companion animals and are used by farmers for predator control.
Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals, at least 6 feet high for horses and 5 feet for burros and yearlings, shelter, transportation, and the means of caring for the animals. The adoption order will be determined by lottery, with an adoption fee of $125 per animal. The fees help defray the Federal Government's cost to gather, provide veterinary care, transportation and administrative expenses. Adopters must provide their own stock-type, step-up trailer. Trailers with ramps, interior dividers or split two-horse type trailers are not allowed. BLM staff will sort, halter and load animals onto the adopters' trailers. Applications to adopt may be screened in advance by mail or fax and will be reviewed in person starting Friday. Adopters must be approved to adopt animals. Adopters are asked to call early to be pre-approved before coming in so they may avoid the lines.
For applications, facility and trailer requirements, or other information about this event, contact the Bureau of Land Management, Meadowood SRMA at 800-370-3936 or visit the website at http://www.es.blm.gov. Adopters' applications must be approved by a Wild Horse and Burro Specialist prior to being eligible to adopt.