Adopt a Wild Burro

Wild burros

Stock photo of wild burros [Image from BLM]

Press release from BLM:

The Bureau of Land Management will offer 11 burros and two gentled wild horses for public adoption from Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 26-27, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, 421 U.S. Route 101, Crescent City. Adopters can select from six male (Jack) burros and five female (Jennies) burros, along with two gentled foals (under a year old), from the Devil’s Garden Herd Territory on the Modoc National Forest.

Potential adopters can preview the animals from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. On Saturday, gates open at 8 a.m. and adoptions get underway with an hour of silent bidding starting at 9 a.m. Animals not adopted during the bidding will be available for BLM’s $125 adoption fee until 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

As stewards, the BLM manages wild horse and burro populations on public lands for the benefit of current and future generations. “Managing these populations at levels the land can support is part of our conservation responsibility,” said Stuart Mitchell, acting field manager, BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, Susanville.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and United States residents. They must provide corrals offering least 400 square feet per animal. Burro corrals must be enclosed by 4 ½ foot fences built of pipe or boards. Adopters can house horses under 2-years-old in corrals surrounded by five-foot fences. The BLM requires two-sided, roofed shelters for adopted animals. Adopters receive title to their horses or burros after providing a year of good care.

The horses and burros are healthy and ready to train. The BLM has vaccinated the animals against all common equine diseases, including West Nile virus, and provides complete health care records to adopters.



  • Donkeys are the best of creatures, but please if you adopt one, learn about their diet and care. Their requirements are different than horses – lush grass and alfalfa bales are not for them! They are super smart, and gentle if you learn their ways. Very sweet when loved, good guard animals, love attention more than horses seem to. But lonely when solitary. Get two! For resources go to The American Donkey and Mule Society … for training info, Meredith Hodges (daughter of cartoonist Charles Schulz).

    • Funny, you reminded me of the first Spanish sentence taught to me in school by a teacher. I think it was before 6th grade or so, and it wasn’t a Spanish class…but the teacher was awesome.

      She taught us “El burro sabe mas que tu.”

      I wish I remembered the context, for all I remember she was speaking matter-of-factly!

  • I’d say they are feral not wild.

  • I already have enough Jack asses in my life thank you though

  • I love burritos!

  • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P.

    Most are sold out of Livingston, Nevada and sent to Canada or Mexico for human consumption.

  • I’ve trained two BLM burros, separately. They are extremely smart and trust MUST be established before any other training can proceed. Reading Recommendation: “The Wisdom of Donkeys” [Finding Tranquility in a Chaotic World] by Andy Merrifield, forward by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.
    This book doesn’t contain training tips, but is a coach for achieving the necessary mind-set to do so.

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