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Around 70 wild horses from the Challis Wild Herd Management Area will be available for adoption at the end of this month.

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 by Georgetown, Idaho wild horse trainer Mario Johnson. 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.

The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the West to qualified people who must demonstrate humane care for the animal. To adopt, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal(s), and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the event site. BLM staff will load each animal, with the new owner’s halter and lead rope if requested, into a BLM-approved trailer provided by the adopter.

All untrained animals are now $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.

“Wild horses are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence and endurance,” the BLM stated. “With kindness and patience, these animals can be trained for many uses.”

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 at https://flickr.com/photos/blmidaho/albums/.

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

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