Online wild horse adoptions begin this week
Anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a wild mustang from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range has the opportunity to make that dream come true over the next few weeks, through an online adoption process that began on Tuesday and will continue through Sept. 3. During that time period, about 20 wild mustangs from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range will be made available to buyers from qualified homes. More information about the adoption process can be found at https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/onlinegallery.php.
As of Tuesday, about a dozen horses were listed on the site, along with information about each horse. The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center in Lovell has more extensive information about each horse on its website, including information about the horse’s background and personality. The Center also has photos of the horses, including full-body pictures in most cases. The Center’s staff is also available to answer questions about the process and about individual horses.
The bait/trap gather began on Aug. 5. The goal of the gather is to remove 15-20 horses between the ages of 1 and 3. The BLM periodically removes horses to keep the population in good health and to reduce wear and tear on the environment. The horses removed are made available for adoption.
Currently, the horses are being held at the Britton Springs corrals. Unlike in previous years where a live auction was held at the corrals, buyers will be pre-qualified through an online process before being allowed to bid on the horses. Potential adopters must fill out an application and register on the site. Once registered, buyers will receive a password that enables them to bid. After Sept. 3, unclaimed animals will be available for in-person, walk-up adoption only.
“The Mustang Center strongly encourages people to consider adopting one of these horses,” said Nancy Cerroni on behalf of the Center. “These are a part of our local heritage and it is very special when the Pryor horses can stay in our area.”
To view photos of the horses in the wild, go to the PMWHC website: http://www.pryormustangs.org/news.shtml.
By Patti Carpenter