BLM Wheatland corral extends closure, pauses wild horse/burro adoptions

Animals which were supposed to be up for adoption in March are still not cleared by the BLM for health reasons. The Wheatland corral is extending its closure.

Wheatland – The Bureau of Land Management is pausing wild horse and burro adoption events at the Wheatland Off-Range Corral until further notice.

In March, BLM announced the temporary closure of the corral and postponed adoptions due to the presence of Streptococcus equi, or strangles, a contagious bacterial infection affecting horses at the facility. The BLM and a veterinarian continue to monitor and provide care for the animals and are evaluating when adoptions can resume.  

“We look forward to holding adoptions again in Wheatland,” said High Plains District Manager Kevin Christensen. “However, our priority is the health of the animals at the facility. Adoption events will remain paused until the horses are fully recovered and we are confident that animals can be shipped without risk of transmission.”

The BLM will issue another press release when the closure is lifted and adoptions can resume.

Frequently asked questions concerning the strangles infection at the Wheatland facility are posted to the BLM’s Wheatland Off-Range Corral website. For more information and updates, please visit: https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/adoptions-and-sales/adoption-centers/wheatland-off-range-corral.

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