A herd of wild horses runs through sage brush.

BLM holding Piceance-East Douglas wild horse adoption

Oct. 31, 2022

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse adoption event on Nov. 4 – 5, offering approximately 60 wild horses gathered from the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA).

“Our partners at the Piceance Mustangs have been invaluable at helping manage wild horses and burros and helping with adoptions,” said Tyrell Turner, Northwest District Wild Horse & Burro Specialist. “We are excited to hold this event in collaboration with our partners and to put horses into good homes.”

The adoption will be held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50 in Grand Junction. Bidders must be present during the silent auction on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to place a bid. BLM staff will approve applications onsite. Visitors will be able to view horses until the auction begins. The event will also include training demonstrations and clinics facilitated by 4-H members and other trainers. Due to safety concerns for personnel and horses, dogs or pets will not be allowed within the adoption arena.

Earlier this year 761 wild horses from Piceance-East Douglas HMA were gathered due to overpopulation, drought, and lack of forage. The BLM is dedicated to placing removed animals into good, private homes. In Fiscal Year 2021, the Adoption Incentive Program and other actions helped the BLM achieve more adoptions and sales of wild horses and burros than any other year since 1997.

To learn more about BLM Colorado’s wild horse and burro adoption program, visit www.blm.gov/WHB or call (866) 468-7826.