BLM invites the public to tour Axtell wild horse off-range corrals
AXTEL — The Bureau of Land Management announces a public tour of the Axtell off-range corrals where attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility, observe approximately 1,000 wild horses and discuss the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. The tour will take place on July 1 from 9 a.m. to noon; the facility is located at 13500 South 10490 W (mile marker 235.2 on U.S. 89), in Axtell.
“The BLM relies on the work of many partners to accomplish its mission of maintaining healthy wild horses and burros after they are removed from the range, including providing for their individual welfare and needs,” said BLM Utah State Office Wild Horse and Burro Program Lead Gus Warr. “The Axtell off-range corrals are privately owned, have been under contract since 2015, and is a time-tested proven partner providing exceptional humane care and treatment of the animals in their charge.”
BLM strives to place wild horses and burros removed from public lands into good, private homes. Animals at the Axtell facility are made available to the public for adoption or purchase throughout the year at off-site adoption and sale events.
The facility is approximately six miles south of Gunnison or eight miles north of Salina, and one of five different locations in Utah that provide care to wild horses and burros removed from the range.
The facility encompasses 32 acres containing more than 40 holding pens in various sizes and can provide care for up to 2,250 wild horses. The horses receive abundant feed tailored to their needs each day, along with a constant supply of fresh water through automatic watering troughs; free choice mineral block supplements are also provided. A veterinarian routinely examines the horses and provides medical care, as needed.
For more information on the upcoming tour, please contact Axtell Facility Manager Heath Weber at 435-201-3834.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.