Rep. LaMalfa Encourages North State Residents to Consider Adopting Wild Horses
Oroville, CA – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement encouraging North State residents to consider adopting wild horses available following the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Gather Operations through Modoc National Forest:
“Since 1971, the Bureau of Land Management has placed more than 225,000 wild horses and burros into suitable homes, many of these from California. Adoption of these horses, which have become a treasured symbol and resource in the West, is the most sustainable and compassionate solution we have. As a result of the recent gatherings through Modoc National Forest, there are currently over 200 horses available to go to loving homes and I want to strongly encourage those interested to consider this opportunity,” continued LaMalfa. “While Devil’s Garden has been home to wild horses for over 140 years, the unfortunate reality is that overpopulation continues to devastate the health and livelihood of the horses, as well as their habitats. To be clear, the status quo is simply unsustainable for the animals, the environment, and the taxpayers alike. While there are certainly a number of changes needed to be made to encourage better management and address overpopulation, the best case scenario right now is for concerned Americans to step up and care for these horses.”
For those interested in adopting or viewing the horses, please call Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Facility at 530-254-6575 or 800-545-4256. You can also visit the adoption program webpage: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program/how_to_adopt.html
For more information or questions, please contact Congressman LaMalfa’s Oroville office at (530) 534-7100.
Photo credit: US Forest Service
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.