BLM to host wild horse adoption event

     An estimated 70 wild horses gathered from the Challis Wild Herd Management Area will be available for adoption on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Challis Off-Range Wild Horse Corral Facility off Upper Hot Springs Road, south of Challis. The horses range in age between 1 and 5 years old, according to the BLM’s Challis Field Office.

     On both days, the facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events hosted by the BLM’s Challis Field Office on Friday include a silent competitive bid adoption from 10-11 a.m., in which horses may be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a 2 p.m. training demonstration. Subsequent training demonstrations will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Challis Off-Range Wild Horse Corrals will also be open for public viewing on Jan. 25, 26 and 30 from noon to 4 p.m.

     To adopt, you must be at least 18 and have approved facilities to keep the animal(s) and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the event site.

     All untrained animals are $25. Through the new Adoption Incentive Program, qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each animal, which normally occurs one year from the adoption date. The incentive is only available for untrained animals that are eligible for adoption at BLM facilities, off-site events or on the agency’s Online Corral website.

     All animals available have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated and dewormed, and have a current negative Coggins test. A variety of photos of the Challis horses available for adoption are located online.

     For more information and adoption qualifications, call the BLM at 866-468-7826 or visit blm.gov/whb.

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