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Animal adoptions ahead


Tuesday, April 10, 2007 THE SAGINAW NEWS

MIDLAND -- The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse and burro adoption Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at the Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman.

Adoptions will take place from 8 a.m. to

5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

The 60 to 80 horses up for bid will come from 10 Western states. Burros mostly are from Utah, California and Arizona. A public viewing begins at

1 p.m. Friday, May 18.

The round-up and auctions allow the Bureau of Land Management to manage wild herds and other wildlife, balancing that with recreational land use.

Those wishing to adopt need to provide a 6-foot-high pen of corral pipe panels or wood enclosing a 20-by-20-foot pen for an adult horse or 5-foot-high, 20-by-20-foot enclosure for a yearling or burro. A buyer also must provide a three-sided shelter. Officials allow no wire.

The majority of the horses stay in the Midland area, organizers said.

For more information, call (800) 293-1781 or visit www.wildhorseand

burro.blm.gov/adoption or www.es.blm.gov.whb
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