APRIL 12, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The federal government is halting wild horse and burrow auctions at a southeast Missouri facility. The government has opened a new facility in Ewing, Illinois, to handle the auctions.
This year, people will be able to buy the animals on four weekends. Ewing is about sixty miles from the facility in Fruitland, Missouri, where the auctions were previously held.
About 50,000 wild horses and burrows live on public land. A Department of Interior official says the animals need good homes. The official says western lands have been hurt by drought and wildfires, endangering the horses.
The next auction at the Ewing facility is scheduled for April 24 and April 25.