Wild Horse & Burro Prison Adoption Event a Success

auction price board showing winning bids for each animal.
Winning bids from the adoption event. Photo courtesy of Jenny Lesieutre.

Carson City – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Corrections conducted a saddle-trained wild horse and halter-trained wild burro adoption event on June 8 at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) south of Carson City, Nevada. All 13 animals showcased at the event were adopted.

Eleven wild horses from herd management areas located on BLM-administered public lands in Nevada were trained for approximately four months by inmate trainers in the NNCC program and offered for adoption during a competitive-bid adoption event. In addition, two wild burros, both 2-year old johnnies, born at the facility from jennies gathered from Nevada’s Marietta herd management area in 2017, were also offered for adoption.

Successful bidders paid a total of $30,500 for the animals. With bids starting at $150, the event’s saddle-trained wild horse top bid of $5,300 went for “Punchy”, a 5-year-old black gelding, gathered in November 2016 from the Rock Creek herd management area located outside of Elko, Nevada. Both wild burros were adopted together for a total of $700.

The next saddle-trained wild horse adoption and competitive-bid auction at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center is scheduled for October 19, 2019. Additional information on this partnership, including past and current event catalogs, is posted on-line at https://on.doi.gov/2jE05uy.