Wild Horse, Burro Adoption Returns to Mercedes

Posted: Updated: Jan 05, 2016 12:31 PM

MERCEDES – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Mercedes.

The event will take place Jan. 8 – 9 at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds.

The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources.

In order for someone to adopt a yearling, an adult horse or burro, application approval is required and can be done on site. A potential adopter must at least 18 years old and have no record of animal abuse.

Adopters 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 into covered stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. The adoption fee is $125.

Anyone with questions can contact BLM at 866-468-7823 or visit www.blm.gov/nm/whb.

Adoption Schedule:
Jan. 8 : Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 9 : 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.