BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of adopted wild horses in Idaho has increased as a result of a federal program intended to reduce wild horse overpopulation.

KBOI-TV reports 230 horses have been adopted this year, compared to 150 horses in 2018.

The federal Bureau of Land Management earlier this year announced it would pay up to $1,000 to people who adopt untrained wild horses.

The bureau's Boise district office says the program can assist new owners with initial expenses such as food and training.

Officials say a wild horse and burro preparation facility supports four herd management areas in the state and holds horses for possible adoption.

Officials say staff members at the corrals are available to help prospective owners select from among the 100 to 150 horses available there.

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