The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Expect to see the BLM at the North Dakota Horse Expo. They will bring mustangs for the makeover, burros and possibly horses for adoption. They will also be holding a lecture on BLM regulations. For more information about the Montana-Dakotas Wild Horse and Burro Program please contact Jerrie Bertola at jbertola@blm.gov or (406) 647-3477. You may also visit the website by clicking the link below.

More About The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

The Bureau of Land Management manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (as amended by Congress in 1976, 1978, 1996, and 2004). This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands. The BLM also manages the nation’s public lands for multiple uses, in accordance with the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The Bureau manages wild horses and burros as part of this multiple-use mandate. The BLM offers wild horses and burros that were removed from the range for adoption into private care. Since 1971, the BLM has adopted out more than 235,000 wild horses and burros nationwide. Wild horses and burros more than 10 years old – as well as younger animals that have been offered for adoption at least three times – are eligible for sale. Purchasing a wild horse or burro means that ownership of the animal passes immediately from the Federal Government to the buyer. (Note: It has been and remains the policy of the BLM not to sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughter.) Proceeds from the sales of wild horses and burros are used for the BLM's wild horse and burro adoption program, as directed by Congress. Since 2005, the BLM has sold more than 5,900 horses and burros. In an effort to place more animals into private care, the BLM partners with non-profit organizations, volunteers, and state and county prisons to train wild horses and burros. Trained animals tend to have a higher rate of adoption by the public than untrained.

In 2018 after years of limited participation in the adoption program, the Montana-Dakotas BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program focused on placement of wild horses and burros into private care through adoptions and sales. In 2019 this will continue to be a focus for the Montana-Dakotas Wild Horse and Burro Program, with multiple events offered in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The first of the placement events will be in coordination with the North Dakota Horse EXPO. For more information about the Montana-Dakotas Wild Horse and Burro Program please contact Jerrie Bertola at jbertola@blm.gov or (406) 647-3477.