Sand Wash Roundup Announced

The incident starts on September 1 and will be carried out on a emergency basis, due to insufficient food and water.  The capture goal is 783 wild horses, with 733 removed.

The pre-gather population is thought to be 896, with 362 horses allowed by plan.

Helicopters will push the horses into the traps and the operation will be open to public observation.

Mares returned to the HMA will be treated with fertility control according to the news release but no details were given.

Sand Wash Basin HMA Map 04-03-21

The HMA intersects four grazing allotments and the management plan allocates roughly 79% of the forage to privately owned livestock.  Western Horse Watchers does not know if 82% of those animals will be removed from the HMA in response to a temporary change in the weather, referred to by some as a ‘megadrought.’

Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Cañon City.

Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.

RELATED: Sand Wash Decision Reached.

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