BLM Trap site adoption a success at Stone Cabin
Story and Photo by Laura Leigh, Horseback Magazine
RENO, (Wild Horse Education/Wild Horse Freedom Federation) – On February 18, 2012 the Bureau of Land Management offered the public an opportunity to adopt horses directly from their home range. The event was held adjacent to the temporary holding facility utilized during the roundup operation that ended February 17.
Potential adopters were given opportunity to view animals and talk to agency personnel and advocates working onsite in cooperation with BLM. The animals were then freezemarked, haltered and loaded onto trailers.
In spite of the cold temperature the atmosphere at the event was warm and inviting.
Seven out of twelve animals offered were adopted in private care during the event. Among the animals offered to the public was a youngster that had clubfoot. This young horse was adopted along with his friend and went to a rescue group.
Another adopter took a pair that had been removed from the range together and a motivating factor in her choice was to “make sure they stay together.”
Nevada Horse Power, the non-profit group partially funded by the sales of vanity license plates, was on hand and helped provide transportation for some of the adopters.
“I am against excessive removal of horses,” said Elyse Gardner, wild horse advocate that has a blog titled “Humane Observer, “ but when they need to come off the range this is a great option that may avoid additional trauma as long as all compliance checks are done.
The five youngsters that were not taken during this event were driven in a BLM trailer by Shawna Richardson, wild horse and burro specialist, to Palomino Valley Center north of Reno where they will be available for adoption.
All requirements of BLM adoption program apply.
The Tonopah field office will be removing burros from the Bullfrog Herd Management area starting March 1. An adoption event has been proposed at some point during this operation. To find out more contact Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Dustin Hollowell: firstname.lastname@example.org