Sand Wash Basin wild horse adoption set for Oct. 1

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Sand Wash Basin wild horse adoption set for Oct. 1

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will gather about 220 horses the last week of September from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area, 31 miles west of Craig and 20 miles northwest of Maybell.

The natural growth of the herd, combined with the area's ongoing drought, is affecting resources, and BLM monitoring confirmed a need for the gather.

Dave and Sue Cattoor of Cattoor Livestock, longtime BLM contractors specializing in wild horse gathers, were awarded the contract to conduct the gather. Volunteers and BLM staff will assist with the gather and subsequent adoption. Public access will be restricted temporarily in the area during gather operations for safety reasons.

About 50 horses will be available for adoption from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Sand Wash Corrals, located off Moffat County Road 67. Registration and viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 1.

This is a competitive silent bid adoption with a minimum bid of $125 per animal. Loading will begin at about 1 p.m. BLM requires applicants be at least 18 years old and be able to provide the adopted animal with a 6-foot corral at least 400-square feet in size, constructed of pole, pipe or plank. A shelter for protection from severe weather is also required.

Individuals interested in adopting a horse can visit any BLM office to initiate he adoption procedure and will need to ensure their holding facilities meet BLM requirements. For more information, call Valerie Dobrich, BLM wild horse specialist, at 878-3839.

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