The first phase of the final removal of mustangs and burros from Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) concluded on August 15, 2014. We have not gotten an “official” final count. About 17 or 18 burros were taken, 307 horses have been noted as the “count.”
On Wednesday August 20th a day of “observation” was allowed inside the corrals at Virgin Valley. Observers were taken to a gravel and rock mound and allowed to photograph from that mound the horses and burros captured. Observation lasted from 10am until noon.
Adoptions are not done “in house” by USFWS as they are with BLM horses. To adopt a horse or burro you must contact one of the adoption contractors listed below. At this time we can not confirm which horses all go to what contractor, except that it is expected for mares and foals to go to Midland, Texas. All burros will go to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in Oregon. Sheldon horses and burros are not branded, but registered with a microchip. At the time of adoption you should be provided with information on how to register your horse or burro.
Carr’s Wild Horse and Burro Center, 4844 Couts-Carr Rd, Cross Plains, Tennessee, 37049, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phyllis Strecker, Midland, Texas, email@example.com, 432-978-0062
Gray Parker, Stanton, Texas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Horses, Salem, Utah, email@example.com, 801-420-5038
Burros were removed starting July 14 and a few more taken at this current operation. You can adopt a burro from Peaceful Valley in Oregon.
The second phase, or “clean up,” is expected to occur sometime in September and yield and additional 100 mustangs. Info will be provided as it is confirmed.
We are working on providing as many “matched” photos and video as possible from the range, roundup and holding for adopters to have a visual record. We will post as many as we can as time allows. Check back for updates http://WildHorseEducation.org
We are having technical difficulties and will mark photos (male, female) as we can. Yes, there is a collared mare but we have no further info.