Albuquerque, N.M. (AP) Wild horse populations have boomed across the west, putting pressure on the range.
The Bureau of Land Management rounds up thousands of the animals each year in hopes of finding good homes for them and keeping the wild population in check.
But the agency is having a hard time finding buyers.
BLM officials are hoping for better luck this weekend in Albuquerque, where the agency is offering for adoption about 70 horses. It will be the only adoption in New Mexico this year.
Adoptions also are scheduled this weekend in California, Colorado, Florida and Utah.
BLM is open to an idea proposed by Madeleine Pickens, the wife of Dallas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens. She wants to establish a wild horse sanctuary in Nevada.
In the meantime, BLM is drafting a national strategy on the issue.