Few Takers at Wild Horse Auction in Southeast Missouri

JUNE 26, 2006 - Posted at 1:04 p.m. CST

JACKSON, MO - Dozens of wild horses will have to try again to find new homes.

The Bureau of Land Management hosted an adoption auction this past weekend at Flickerwood Arena in Jackson.  But of 70 horses and eleven burrows available, only 16 animals were adopted.

At a similar event two years ago, nearly all of the horses and burrows were adopted.

Organizers say the horse market has changed for several reasons, including a large number of available animals and the high cost of fuel and other economic considerations.

A similar auction is planned for July 8 and 9 in Sterling, Illinois.

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