Economy hurts wild mustang adoptions

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) - Federal officials say that the recession is hurting adoptions of wild mustangs.

At a recent adoption event by the Bureau of Land Management, no one showed up to adopt the mustangs and burrows culled from federal lands. The animals are removed from Western ranges to preserve the wild population.

A horse and burro adoption is set for Friday and Saturday in Pauls Valley. The animals are given to private landowners able to care for them.

In Oklahoma, officials say 100 horses and burros were adopted in 2005 and 2006, with 57 in 2007 and 73 in 2008. This year, only 34 have been adopted so far, with four state adoption events to go.


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