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BLM Launches New 'Online Corral' To Boost Wild Horse Adoptions

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The new BLM website lets people search for wild horses based on different categories.

The Bureau of Land Management has launched a new website meant to make wild horse adoption easier. It has several streamlined search functions, allowing you to select the price range, age, gender and even location of wild horses currently waiting to be adopted.

Lesley Elser is with the BLM and says the old website was 10 years old and needed an update.

“It’s a much more interactive site that’s a lot easier for the public to use," says Elser. "They can track their application so they can see how things are going. It’s much more user-friendly.”

She says the so-named “online corral” is meant to increase the number of animals that are adopted. Wild horses are protected by federal law, but land managers have struggled to reign in the feral population in the West. Ranchers and some conservation groups argue the animals damages valuable rangeland.

Esler says there’s a wild horse and burro sale underway until May 22.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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