Jackson Mountains Roundup Day 14, Killing Fields Edition

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.

Other statistics:

  • 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

RELATED: Jackson Mountains Roundup Day 12, Killing Fields Edition.

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