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Wild horses and burros may be a low-tech community, but they need the help of sophisticated federal computer systems, too.

Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management runs an adoption program for animals removed from public lands. BLM thins the herds because they lack natural predators and reproduce at a rate of 18 percent annually'risking overgrazing and starvation.

The adoption program has an online component. To check the requirements and methods for an online horse or burro adoption, check www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/adoption.htm.

The bureau now is entering its data about the numbers and location of the wild horses and burros into a geographic information system to more accurately estimate sustainable herd population levels.

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