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Bureau of Land Management to Host Public Tour of Axtell Wild Horse Corrals

Bureau of Land Management to Host Public Tour of Axtell Wild Horse Corrals
December 03
09:49 2015

Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is offering a public tour of the Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals (facility) in Axtell, Utah, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The facility is one of two locations in Utah that provides care to wild horses and burros removed from the range.

This is the first public tour offered since the privately owned and operated facility opened in June 2015.  The tour will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility and observe approximately 650 wild horses currently held at the facility, including the 170+ wild horses associated with the September 2015 Wheeler Pass Herd Management Area emergency gather that occurred near the Cold Creek area of southern Nevada. There will also be a general discussion about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

The facility is located at 13500 South 10490 West (mile marker 235.2 on Highway 89) in Axtell, Utah; approximately six miles south of Gunnison, Utah or eight miles north of Salina, Utah.  Please note:  some map applications do not recognize this address.

The facility can provide care for up to 1,000 wild horses and encompasses 32 acres containing 40+ holding pens in various sizes. The horses receive an abundance of feed tailored to their needs each day, along with a constant supply of fresh water through automatic watering troughs. Free choice mineral block supplements are also provided to the animals in each pen. A veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides medical care as needed.

The BLM strives to place horses removed from the range into good, private homes. Horses at the Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals are made available to the public for adoption or sale throughout the year on the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro internet adoption site, off-site adoption events and through the BLM’s adoption or sales program. Horses will not be available for adoption during the public tour; however, if there is interest in an animal viewed during the tour, adoption arrangements can be made through the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility by calling 435-864-4068.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In fiscal year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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