The Bureau of Land Management and Friends of the Mustangs started gathering wild mustangs on the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range in Mesa County.
In January officials decided it was time for a gather to be organized. This was following the observation of growth in the wild mustang population, surpassing the ninety to one-hundred-fifty limit.
This limit is placed on the lands because it allows for the mustangs to live healthy and allows for vegetation to thrive. The more mustangs is equaling less vegetation, which isn't good for the health of the range or for the mustangs.
This gathering took about nine months to organize. The last gathering of mustangs at the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range was held three years ago.
The mustangs brought off the range can be viewed September 21 at the Mesa County Sheriff's Posse Grounds, located at 25 and F1/2 Roads in Grand Junction from 5pm to 7pm. The following day, September 22, 2007, at the same location the adoption bidding will take place from 10am to 11am. Loading of horses will follow the bidding from 12pm to 4pm.
Individuals interested in adopting horses are encouraged to complete and submit the required application prior to the adoption. Adoption applicants must be at least 18-year old and able to provide the adopted animals with a corral at least 400 sq. ft. in size with 6 ft. high fences constructed of pole, pipe or plank, as well as a shelter for protection from severe weather.