27 wild mustangs adopted from Colorado herd

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP)- All 27 wild horses put up for adoption from a northwest Colorado herd were sold at auction.

The Bureau of Land Management held the adoption event Saturday in Fruita after capturing the wild mustangs earlier this year in the Little Book Cliffs Herd Management Area.

The horses given new homes included 12 geldings and 15 females.

Bureau spokeswoman Kristen Lenhardt says the agency holds adoption events when federally managed pastureland becomes overgrazed by wild horses.

Lenhardt says the bureau ensures that adopters have proper facilities and space to care for the horse.

The bureau is planning to put another 28 mustangs from the same herd up for adoption sometime in spring.