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Wild Horses & Burros Available Online

ROCKVILLE, Md. (BUSINESS WIRE) - The U.S. Department of the Interior's, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption live on the Internet. The application period starts August 31, 1998 and ends September 14, 1998.

Online bidding starts at noon on September 4, and ends at noon on September 18. High bidders will be notified on September 19. "It's easy," said BLM Eastern States Director W. Hord Tipton. "You will be able to view a wide variety of healthy male horses, female horses, weanlings,foals, and even a few burros on our website: http://www.adoptahorse.blm.gov.

Applications and bids will be accepted online," Tipton added. The high bid amount is displayed in real time on the Internet. Animals for this Internet Adoption must be picked up at one of three sites: BLM's Adoption Center in Cross Plains, Tennessee on September 26 or 27; Knoxville, Tennessee on September 26 or 27; or Windom, Minnesota on October 3 or 4. "If for any reason the successful bidders are not satisfied with their selected animals when they arrive to pick them up they are not obligated to take them home," Tipton said. "We don't want anyone to take home an animal that they aren't entirely pleased with."

Tipton said the Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program is one way the Federal Government maintains the balance of wild animals, native wildlife and domestic animals grazing on fragile western rangelands. "To help maintain an ecological balance and preserve mustangs as 'living legends,' BLM gathers some of them and offers them for adoption," said Tipton. BLM crews sort, halter and load the animals onto the adopters' trailers. Each animal has been checked by a veterinarian, and has received vaccinations. "We've adopted more than 150,000 wild horses and burros to caring people who want part of the Old West right on their property," said Tipton. "These animals are known for their endurance, intelligence, and hardiness, and make great trail and pleasure riding mounts after training. Now we're bringing this highly successful program into the computer age to make it more available and convenient to potential adopters." Contact: U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Eastern States Joy Pasquariello, 703/440-1719

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