The incident began on September 15. Gather stats through September 28:
- Type: Emergency
- Method: Helicopter
- Horses captured: 488, up from 392 on Day 12
- Average daily take: 34.9
- Capture goal: 600
- Removal goal: 600
- Returned: 1, no change from Day 12
- Deaths: 26, up from 18 on Day 12
- Shipped: 390, up from 320 on Day 12
Four horses were put down on Day 13, followed by four more on Day 14, because they were malnourished. The death rate is now 5.3%, up from 4.6% on Day 12.
All eight deaths were justified by IM 2021-007, Euthanasia of Wild Horses and Burros Related to Acts of Mercy, Health or Safety.
If they were on private property, they’d likely be confiscated by the sheriff and placed with a local rescue. Not these, they are federally protected.
Foals represented 22.1% of the horses gathered. Of the adults, 40.3% were stallions and 59.7% were mares, an assignably large gap between males and females.
Body condition scores were not provided.
Day 14 ended with 71 unaccounted-for animals.
- AML: 217
- Forage assigned to horses: 2,604 AUMs per year
- Pre-gather population: 1,018
- Forage liberated to date: 5,844 AUMs per year
- Water liberated to date: 4,870 gallons per day
- Forage assigned to livestock: 7,394 AUMs per year (estimated)
- Horses displaced from HMA by livestock: 616 (1.2% of off-range holding)
- True AML: 833