Adopt Modoc Devil’s Garden wild horses soon

The Modoc National Forest is proud to manage the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse herd. These wild horses are a unique resource for the American People. The U.S. Forest Service is seeking homes for up to 200 horses.

“We view the wild horse herd as an asset to the forest and the community,” Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams said during a recent presentation to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Redmond, Oregon. “A wild horse herd managed in thriving ecological balance contributes significantly to what the Modoc has to offer, drawing tourists to the area and giving the American people one more reason to connect with their national forest.”

The U.S. Forest Service partnered with Modoc County to complete the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan (, which guides management actions on the territory.

The Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory, established by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, is well known across the country for the quality of wild horses it produces. This unique herd is valued by the Forest Service for the same reasons horse lovers think so highly of them.

The Devil’s Garden horse herd originated about 140 years ago when the early settlers’ working stock lived out on the open range. Not all were recaptured and herds continue to grow. A recent survey reported 2,246 adult wild horses on and around the Modoc National Forest. Many have left the territory designated for their use and are impacting surrounding habitat and private lands.

The Modoc National Forest is committed to being a good neighbor. Additionally, the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act mandates wild horse territory managers remove wild horses from private and tribal lands where requested. Up to 200 horses will be gathered this fall from private and tribal lands. Providing homes for these horses will contribute significantly to the health of the herd and the range supporting them.

The Modoc National Forest and the people of Modoc County need your help in placing these Devil’s Garden Horses into deserving homes. Learn more about Devil’s Garden wild horses at For more information on how to adopt one of these unique animals, please contact Public Affairs Officer Ken Sandusky at