Placerville Wild Horse Adoption Scheduled
PLACERVILLE - Residents of the Sierra foothills and nearby areas will have the opportunity to adopt a wild horse or burro Saturday and Sunday when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management brings its wild animal adoption program to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
The BLM will offer 30 horses, mostly yearlings, and 10 burros for adoption.
Anyone interested can preview the animals starting about 3 p.m. Friday.
Event gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adoptions begin with an hour of silent bidding at 10 a.m. Saturday. Animals not taken during the bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.
The horses are from wild herds in northeast California and northwest Nevada. The burros are from throughout the west.
Adopters must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.
BLM staff members will interview all prospective adopters to be sure they meet the BLM adoption requirements.
Newly adopted horses and burros must be kept in corrals with at least 400 square feet of space per animal (20 feet by 20 feet), surrounded by a fence built of pipe or boards. The corral enclosure must be six feet high for adult horses.
Information: (530) 254-6575 or wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.