Archive for Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wild mustangs, burros to be sold at Hays auction

August 5, 2010

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— The federal government is bringing 60 wild mustangs and 10 burros to Hays this week to be auctioned to new owners.

The auction organized by the Bureau of Land Management will run today through Saturday at Fort Hays State University.

Anyone wanting to adopt an animal must be at least 18 years old and have no record of animal abuse. The government also includes requirements on pens, fences and transportation for the horses.

The Hays Daily News reports that there is a $125 adoption fee, but the Hays event will provide a $500 adoption incentive program for horses 4 years old and older.

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EAStevens 4 years, 8 months ago

Readers who care about the wild horses and burros managed by the BLM might like to learn about big changes that are in store for this program. The BLM is exploring new ideas, including re-opening millions of acres of Western range that horses and burros have been excluded from, partnering with the USDA to offer Midwest farmers/ranchers the opportunity to pasture wild horses (think Conservation Reserve Program), and creating wild horse preserves in the Midwest and Eastern states so that you don't have to travel West of the Rockies to see a wild horse running free.

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