Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 8, 2013

Wild horses from West up for adoption in state


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — CASSOPOLIS (AP) — About 40 wild horses and burros will be trucked from the West to Michigan to be offered for adoption at an event this month, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management will offer horses that are up to 5 years old on Aug. 16-17 at McKinleys Harmony Acres, MLive.com reported.

“While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training, said the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern States State Director John Lyon.

The event is in the Cassopolis area, about 75 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, and it one of several scheduled around the country this summer.

The horse adoptions come as officials, animal welfare groups, ranchers and others work to deal with horse overpopulation. Horse rescue groups have said there are a rising number of neglected and starving horses as the West deals with persistent drought.

Adoption applications and more information are available at www.blm.gov.