BLM said today that 295 wild horses had been gathered from the HMA, taking the herd from 429 animals to 134. No deaths were reported and the number of horses to be returned has yet to be determined. The post-gather population target is 185.
Captured mares will be treated with contraceptives before being returned to their home range, according to the news release, and the sex ratio of the herd will be altered to slow population growth.
The gather stats included 14 geldings and 43 foals. After deducting the geldings from the total, the youngsters accounted for 15% of the horses captured.