The following is a press release from Montana BLM:
Billings, MT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 34 adult Pryor Mountain wild horses and four foals for adoption on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. The oral competitive bid adoption will be held at the Britton Springs Corrals north of Lovell, Wyo. Gates will open on Saturday at 8 a.m., with the oral competitive bidding process to begin at 10 a.m. The facility will also be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, for horse viewing and registration.
To date, the adoption includes 14 geldings and 20 females that include four mare-foal pairs and one pregnant mare. The horses range in age from under 1 to 3 years-old. The BLM is still in the process of gathering up to six more horses during its bait trap gather. Should the BLM remove these additional horses prior to Sept. 8 and receive a health certificate from the veterinarian, they may also be included in this adoption event. The minimum bid for each animal is $125. The starting bid for pairs is $250.
The BLM will load the horses for successful bidders as soon as the adoption concludes. To assist adopters traveling a significant distance, the BLM will also load horses through noon on Sunday. The BLM is available to halter the horses before loading in the trailer. Should adopters choose this service, please bring a halter and lead rope with you.
Dave Weeding will conduct training demonstrations that is free for the public to see, beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday and again at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Weeding is a horse trainer who has competed in three Extreme Mustang Makeovers, taking 2nd place in both Oregon and Wyoming.
For more information on how to adopt or to receive an application, please contact Nancy Bjelland, BLM adoption coordinator, at (406) 896-5222. The BLM will process adoption applications on Sept. 7-8. However, to assist the BLM in timely processing and to avoid receiving all applications simultaneously, we request that you please submit your application to Nancy Bjelland prior to the adoption date.
For information on qualifications for adopters, visit http://blm.gov/08jd.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Source: Montana BLM
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