KINGMAN - The Bureau of Land Management will be offering the public a chance to adopt a wild horse or burro Sept. 17-20 at the Mohave County Fair. Adopters and visitors should use the east gate of the Fairgrounds on Harrison Road.
The public can visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, to see the animals available and submit an adoption application for approval.
A silent competitive bid will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, for the wild horses and burros. The silent bid will last 30 minutes, then it will be first-come, first-served until 3 p.m. on Sunday. The minimum bid is $125 per animal.
Successful bidders may be eligible to "Adopt-A-Buddy" horse for $25.
Only pre-approved adopters may bid. Following the competitive bidding, remaining animals may be adopted for $125. All adopted animals must be transported from the site by 3 p.m. Sunday.
Each animal has been vaccinated for common equine conditions and diseases. Adopters will receive complete health care records, as well as herd management and other equine information for their newly adopted animals.
To qualify to adopt, individuals must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals. Adopters are required to keep each newly adopted horse and burro in its own corral measuring at least 400 square feet, and constructed of sturdy pipe or rail (no field fencing or barbed wire). Required corral heights vary from four-and-a-half feet for burros, to five-feet high for horses younger than 18 months of age, and six-feet high for horses 18 months and older.
Corrals must also include a shaded area and water trough. Adopted animals must be kept in their own corral until they can be approached, handled, haltered and led. Open pastures or any areas that include barbed wire or field fencing cannot be used.
Adopters must provide trailer transportation home for their animals (only fully enclosed stock trailers are allowed) and no drop ramp trailers will be loaded. A properly fitting halter and a lead rope is suggested for each animal and should be provided by the adopter. The BLM will halter and load each animal into the adopter's trailer.
The title to an adopted wild horse or burro remains with the federal government for at least one year. At that time, a title application is mailed to the adopter to apply for transfer of ownership. Random compliance inspections are conducted during the year.
For additional information on the BLM wild horse and burro program, visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov and download the application, or call 1-866-4MUSTANGS.