White Pine County Fair to Feature Saddle-trained Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Department of Corrections, Silver State Industries on Saturday, Aug. 19, will host a saddle-trained wild horse and burro adoption at the White Pine County Fairgrounds, 78 North McGill Highway, in Ely, Nev.

The BLM will offer for adoption three saddle-trained wild horses and one cart-trained burro from Nevada herd management areas. Inmates at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center trained the animals for 120 days. The horses range in age from three to eight years and vary in weight and color. The burro is a three-year-old Jack male.

The public may preview the animals starting on Friday, Aug. 18, at the BLM exhibit located on the fairgrounds. The inmates will demonstrate the animals at approximately 5 p.m., Saturday, immediately prior to the competitive-bid adoption. The starting bid for all the animals is $150.

A catalog featuring the animals is available online at https://on.doi.gov/2tWKtoE and posted, with additional footage of the to-be offered animals, on BLM Nevada’s Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/2uhuiBp.

Potential adopters must be qualified to bid. For pre-approval, download the adoption application available on the BLM website at https://on.doi.gov/2fSrzJi and email the completed form to rthompso@blm.gov. Adopters lacking electronic access may complete the form at the BLM booth on the fairgrounds.

For more information, contact the Ely District Office at 775-289-1800.

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. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.