SEC. 142. SALE OF WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS.
(a) IN GENERAL - Section 3 of Public Law 92-195 (16 U.S.C. 1333) is amended —
- (1) In subsection (d)(5), by striking “this section” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting “this section.”; and
- (2) by adding at the end the following:
(e) SALE OF EXCESS ANIMALS. –
- “(1) IN GENERAL. – Any excess animal or the remains of any excess animal shall be sold if –
- “(A) the excess animal is more than 10 years of age; or
- “(B) the excess animal has been offered unsuccessfully for adoption at least 3 times.
“(2) METHOD OF SALE. – An excess animal that meets either of the criteria in paragraph
- (1) shall be made available for sale without limitation, including through auction to the highest bidder, at local sale yards or other convenient livestock selling facilities, until such time as –
- “(A) all excess animals offered for sale are sold; or
- “(B) the appropriate management level, as determined by the Secretary, is attained in all areas occupied by wild free-roaming horses and burros.
“(3) DISPOSITION OF FUNDS. – Funds generated from the sale of excess animals under this subsection shall be –
- “(A) credited as an offsetting collection to the Management of Lands and Resources appropriation for the Bureau of Land Management; and
- “(B) used for the costs relating to the adoption of wild free-roaming horses and burros, including the costs of marketing such adoption.
“(4) EFFECT OF SALE. – Any excess animal sold under this provision shall no longer be considered to be a wild free-roaming horse or burro for purposes of this Act.”
(b) Criminal Provisions — Section 8(a)(4) of Public Law 92-195 (16 U.S.C. 1338) is amended by inserting “except as provided in Section 3(e),” before “processes.”