NORMAN, Okla. — The Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro event in Coalgate, Okla., on June 15, at the Mowdy Ranch Public Off-Range Pasture. The event, featuring 25 wild horses and burros, will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. As part of the event, Patty Nuernberg will be giving gentling demonstrations. Animals are eligible for adoption to a good home.
As part of our efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Coalgate. Inquire with BLM staff onsite for more information.
The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.
BLM staff will approve applications on-site. To qualify to adopt or buy, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water, and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process.
The Mowdy Ranch is located at Cherokee County Fairgrounds, which is located at 16242 State Highway 31, Coalgate, Okla. For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.