Federal bureau hosting Windom horse, burro event

The public can be compensated up to $1,000 for taking in rangeland animals.

WINDOM — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host an event next Friday and Saturday in Windom that invites the public to claim one of about 60 wild horses and burros gathered from western rangelands.

"It's one of our prominent programs," said BLM Public Affairs Specialist Martha Malik, adding that the BLM has been doing horse and burro placement since 1971.

"Placement events like this one are important in promoting healthy horses on healthy rangelands out west,” said Acting Northeastern States District Manager Stephanie Carman. “Our goal is to find good homes for these animals."

"All the habitats out there are in competition for food and water," Malik explained.

Because wild horses and burros have no natural predators, their herds double in size every four years. Populations in great numbers then monopolize resources to the detriment of other species. As part of managing the land, the BLM periodically rounds up some of the horses and burros and put them into private care.


Windom was selected for this event, Malik said, because it's a rural area where many people are into equestrian sports and/or have use for the animals on the farm. The government has also identified some potential or interested adopters in the area, as well as people who have adopted horses and/or burros in the past.

"Most often, people already have a purpose in mind for that animal," she said.

For example, farmers may use horses to move cattle, and burros are known to drive out coyotes.

To motivate the public to participate in this effort, BLM has developed an Adoption Incentive Program. Qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of adoption and $500 upon title issuance for an untrained wild horse or burro. The incentive is available for all untrained animals eligible for adoption with an adoption fee of $25 per animal.

Animals that are over 10 years old or younger animals who were unsuccessfully adopted out to new homes three times may be sold. BLM staff will be available to identify these animals to interested, qualified buyers. Purchasers will receive immediate ownership of the animals.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 and 10 at the Windom Arena, 1480 Eighth Ave. Appointments are required in order to limit the size of the crowd. Placements will be occur in one-hour increments, with five appointments available per hour. To make an appointment, send an email to, and list three preferred time slots.

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