TONGANOXIE – Wild mustangs rounded up from the open range in Western states are up for adoption in northeast Kansas.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the adoption event is planned from Friday to Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
This year, the Bureau of Land Management will have 36 mustangs and burros at Tonganoxie available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a minimum $125 adoption fee.
The BLM started the adoption program in 1973 and has placed more than 230,000 horses and burros in its 43 years.
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BLM wild horse and burro specialist Crystal Cowan says the animals are rounded up to preserve healthy herds and to protect range-land resources.
Adoptees must be at least 18 years old, have no animal abuse record and adequate facilities.