Wild burros available in Mequon

MILWAUKEE, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites you to hurry out to the Mequon, Wisconsin Holding Facility until August 31, 2007 and take home a burro from America’s public range lands. These burros were hand selected from the range lands out West, due to the overwhelming response and request for burros during Mequon’s special adoption in June. Six beautiful Jenny burros and special hand selected horses will be available to adopt by appointment only, from Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-293-1781.

“These animals come from over-populated range lands out West. They need good homes and will be available for an adoption fee of $125,” said BLM-Eastern States Acting State Director Barron Bail. “This is your chance to get that unique wild burro you have always wanted,” he said.

Photos of the animals available for adoption can be seen at www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/.

“While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild burro or horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training,” Bail said. “Burros are great companion animals and are sometimes used by farmers to protect other stock from wild dogs and coyotes, or they can be trained to plow the garden,” he said.

“You can help preserve America’s past by adopting a ‘Living Legend’ — an American wild burro. There are just too many of them on public range lands out west, and we know folks from Wisconsin will help out by giving these animals good homes,” Bail said.

For more information on the application process, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or visit http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/ to download an application.

Directionsfor the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption are:From Highway 43, take exit 85 (Mequon Road/Route 167) and travel West to the first traffic light (Port Washington Road) and turn North. Travel approximately 1 mile to the first 4-way stop and turn West onto Highland Road. Proceed on Highland Road for several miles through a 4-way stop (Green Bay Road) and a traffic light (Cedarburg Road). After crossing railroad tracks, entrance to the facility is first driveway on North side.

The BLM manages more land — 258 million surface acres — than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.8 billion, also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.