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Devil's Garden horses

An adoption event at the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals will be Friday and Saturday.

ALTURAS — After years of preparation and a month-long effort by the Modoc National Forest to gather wild horses, it is now time to place gathered horses into homes and sanctuaries across the country, according to a news release.

There will be more than 250 horses available for adoption as first priority at an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals outside of Alturas. Horses more than 10 years old will also be available for sale with limitations, but adopters will have first choice. Adoption is $125 per horse for up to four horses, with title transferred after one year. Sale with limitations is $25 per horse and immediate title transfer.

All mares have been vaccinated and evaluated by a veterinarian. They will be ready for selection and pick up during the event. Studs are still being vaccinated and will be available pending veterinarian clearance. A limited number of geldings will be ready.

There were 932 horses gathered from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory, and many foals are expected to be born in holding.

More than 650 Devil’s Garden horses will be available soon at the Litchfield Corrals for adoption through the BLM.

After the first event, adopter and purchaser viewing opportunities will be by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays every week and the first Saturday of every month beginning Dec. 8. Appointments must be confirmed at least seven days in advance by calling 530-233-8738.

How to adopt, purchase

Learn more about the BLM adoption process, requirements and ownership restrictions at blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/adoption-and-sales/how-to-adopt. Future adoption/sales events will be announced at go.usa.gov/xQ3r3. This link also leads to adoption and sale forms, along with a lot of other information about Modoc wild horses. Check out the volunteer-run Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Facebook page at facebook.com/devilsgardenwildhorses and the new Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals page at facebook.com/doubledevilwildhorsecorrals for pictures of horses to help prepare for selection.

The wild horse gather was prescribed by the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan to help address impacts on aquatic resources, wildlife, grazing and traditional cultural practices. The plan designates an appropriate management level of 206 to 402 adult wild horses. There are an estimated 3,900 on and around the territory.

The Forest asks the community to please do what you can to support the health of the Devil’s Garden wild horse herd and the land that supports them.

To reach the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals from Alturas, travel west approximately 2 miles on Highway 299. Turn north on County Road 73 toward Crowder Flat. Climb the hill and in approximately 2 miles turn left on Forest Road 43N04 right before the pavement ends, following the signs for the Devil’s Garden Conservation Camp. In approximately 1.5 miles, the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals are on the right. Please check in at the public information station and wait to be escorted.