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    The Bureau of Land Management has begun a phased approach to resuming adoptions at the Delta, Utah Wild Horse and Burro facility, according to a statement from the BLM.

    Phase I allows for the facility to be open for adoptions Monday through Thursday by appointment only and limited to two appointments per day. Each appointment will be limited to four individuals per party. This will allow potential adopters plenty of time to complete the adoption process and allow for adequate cleaning and disinfecting between appointments.

    The BLM will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to ensure public and employee spaces are safe and clean for adopters, visitors and employees.

    “As part of our efforts to find every wild horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This incentive, which has contributed to a 91% increase in the number of animals adopted in the first year of the Adoption Incentive Program, will be offered for every untrained animal at the Delta facility,” said a statement from the BLM.

    The animals offered are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption and sale program are essential for achieving these management goals, officials said. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

    BLM staff will approve applications onsite; no preapproval is necessary. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot-tall corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings, and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process, according to the BLM.

    The Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility is located at 600 north 350 west in Delta, Utah. To make an appointment, contact the Delta Facility at 435-864-4068. For more information on the National Program, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.

    For additional information, contact Heath Weber at 435-201-3834 or href=’mailto:hweber@blm.govhweber@blm.govtarget=’_blank’>hweber@blm.gov>. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Weber. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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