Another Devil’s Garden Roundup Starts Next Week

Approximately 500 wild horses will be removed from the Devil’s Garden Plateau WHT, beginning September 5, according to an undated news release from the Forest Service.

The WHT covers 308,000 acres in northeastern California and has an AML of 402, for an aimed-at population density of 1.3 animals per thousand acres.  The target density for WHB on public lands in the western U.S. is about one animal per thousand acres.

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The gather will be open to public observation, with roughly 60% of the captured animals going to the Double Devil corrals in Alturas and 40% taken to the BLM off-range corrals in Litchfield.

The announcement said the roundup would support wild horse health by reducing competition for food and water but did not identify the leading contenders for those resources, namely, public-lands ranchers.

The WHT intersects eight grazing allotments, see map on page 80 of the environmental assessment.  The roundup will liberate 6,000 AUMs per year, allowing greater forage utilization by livestock operators—on land set aside for the horses.  The action will not increase permitted AUMs on those allotments.

A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not provided.

RELATED: Double Devil Corrals Emptied.

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