Storms damage Litchfield corrals, operations curtailed

The Bureau of Land Management announces curtailed operations at the Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near Susanville as winter storms have caused damage to the office lobby and created unsafe conditions for moving animals to adoption loading areas.

Wild horses at the Litchfield Corral. File photo

The entire facility will be closed to the public during the week of Feb. 5. The corrals will reopen for animal viewing when conditions improve.

“Conditions inside the pens are not posing any danger or discomfort for the horses and burros,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office which oversees corral operations. “We are feeding on our normal schedule, and the water system is operating normally. The pens are large, up to five acres, and the surface is compacted and rocky in areas, so deep mud is not an issue.”

The office is temporarily closed to the public due to a partial ceiling collapse and will remain closed until repairs are completed. Those who have selected animals for adoption can complete their applications and adoption agreements via email. They will be able to pick up their animals when conditions improve.

Those who select animals when the corrals reopen for viewing will also have email options for completing their adoption agreements. More information is available from the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575.

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.