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BLM seeks bid for facilities to care for wild horses, donkeys

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for short-term facilities to house wild horses and donkeys, according to a press release.

The BLM needs to accommodate at 200 animals for a one-year period, with a renewal option for four extensions, officials said in the release. The burros and horses were removed from overpopulated herds roaming public rangelands.

The agency is looking for facilities in 17 states. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana are states under consideration.

Each facility must provide humane care, officials said in the release. The animals will remain in the facilities until they are adopted or can be transported to long-term pastures.

The solicitation period will open June 2. For more information, visit Forms can be found by clicking the “Search Public Opportunities,” tab. Parties must enter reference number L14PS00389 in the “Search Criteria” space. After clicking “Search,” the solicitation information should appear.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.