BLM Litchfield Corrals now open for wild horse and burro adoptions

With repair of winter storm damage in the visitor lobby completed, the Bureau of Land Management Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corral in Lassen County is now open for animal viewing, adoptions and purchases. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Wild horses at the Litchfield Corral. File photo

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and have facilities that meet the BLM’s requirements. Details are available here: blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and- burro/adoptions-and-sales

The corral, 21 miles east of Susanville on U. S. Highway 395, welcomes visitors on a drop-in basis for animal viewing, but requires appointments for adoptions or purchase of qualifying horses or burros.

As of mid-March, the facility was holding about 600 animals, mostly wild horses, from ranges in northeast California and northwest Nevada. The numbers will decline in coming weeks as animals are provided for adoption events.

Information on available animals and adoption appointments is available from the corral at (530) 254-6575.

The BLM is responsible under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act for protecting and managing wild horses and burros on public lands. The agency periodically removes animals from the range when populations exceed levels established to allow wild horse and burro herds to thrive in balance with other range users, including wildlife and permitted livestock. These animals are then available for adoption at events throughout the country. More information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program is available at blm.gov/whb.

About the BLM
The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land in the Nation, primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.