Continuously battling the over-population of wild horses, the Bureau of Land Management now offers the Adoption Incentive Program that provides up to $1,000 for those who adopt an untrained wild horse or burro from the BLM.
Currently, BLM estimates 70,000 horses are running wild in 10 western states.
"Not only are there 70,000 running on the range, there's another 55,000 that are in some kind of long-term, or short-term holding," said Fred Woehl, chair of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
The BLM says the rangeland can only support 27,000 wild horses and burros, which is why the agency launched the incentive program, and why they will continue to gather and remove some of the horses from the range.
In some locations, the BLM is utilizing contraceptives to help control wild horse populations. Contraceptive are administered through darts fired from an air gun.
In the Spring Creek Basin of Colorado, contraceptives have been in use since 2012. BLM says the horse population has been stabilized at 62. In McCullough Peaks, Wyoming, contraceptives have been used since 2012, with zero population growth achieved in 2015. In Challis, Idaho, contraceptive use has helped reduce the removal rate by 70%.
The BLM maintains a large network of permanent off-range corral adoption and purchase centers to facilitate the placement of wild horses and burros into private care through the Adoption and Sales Programs.