Rock Springs Roundup Day 8

The incident began on October 7.  Gather stats through October 14:

  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Horses captured: 169, up from 143 on Day 6
  • Average daily take: 21.1
  • Capture goal: 4,400
  • Removal goal: 3,500
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 127, up from 111 on Day 6

Helicopters were grounded on Day 7 due to weather.

Foals represented 24.9% of the horses captured.  Of the adults, 70.1% were male and 29.9% were female.

Body condition scores were not reported.

Gather ops continued at Divide Basin.  Five HMAs are involved in the roundup.

The Western Watersheds map shows the grazing allotments into which the HMAs have been divided.  Click on image to open in new tab.

Not shown are the HAs that fill the spaces between the HMAs, now managed almost exclusively for livestock.  They appear on pages eight and ten of the BLM map.

Rock Springs HMAs 10-13-21

Day 8 ended with 42 unaccounted-for animals.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 2,165 (across five HMAs)
  • Forage assigned to horses: 25,980 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 5,105
  • Forage liberated to date: 2,028 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 1,690 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 191,791 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMAs by livestock: 15,982 (32% of off-range holding)
  • True AML: 18,147

RELATED: Rock Springs Roundup Day 6.

Surprise Complex Roundup Ends

The incident concluded on October 14, according to statement at the gather page, with 1,216 horses captured, 1,039 shipped, 156 returned and 21 dead.

Of the horses returned, 68 were treated with fertility control.

The removal goal of 1,050 was achieved.

Six HMAs were affected.

Wild horse roundups don’t restore thriving ecological balances.

They enforce the resource allocations of land-use plans, which usually put the interests of livestock operators far above those of the horses.

RELATED: Roundup Starts Next Week at Surprise Complex.

UPDATE: BLM news release issued October 15.

Surprise Complex Roundup Day 16

The incident began on September 28.  Gather stats through October 13:

  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Horses captured: 1,216, up from 897 on Day 11
  • Average daily take: 76.0
  • Capture goal: 1,220
  • Removal goal: 1,050
  • Returned: 95, up from 82 on Day 11
  • Deaths: 20, up from 14 on Day 11
  • Shipped: 960, up from 592 on Day 11

The gather page could not be accessed for three days due to a BLM IT failure.

The removal goal has been exceeded.  A remark in the Day 16 report suggests the roundup is over.

Five horses were put down on Day 13, followed by another on Day 14, due to pre-existing conditions.  The death rate is 1.6%.

On Day 12, 13 stallions were returned to the High Rock HMA, which may have been an attempt to skew the sex ratio in a way that slows population growth.

Body condition scores have not been reported.

Gather ops from Day 12 to 16 were in the Fox Hog HMA.  Six HMAs are involved in the roundup.

Surprise Complex Map 10-02-21

The numbers of stallions, mares and foals were not given for Days 1 to 8.

Foals represented 9.5% of the horses captured from Days 9 to 16.  Of the adults, 53.8% were male and 46.2% were female.

The low percentage of foals suggests the herd has not been growing at a rate of 20% per year, a benchmark often cited by land managers.

Day 16 ended with 141 unaccounted-for animals.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 496
  • Forage assigned to horses: 5,952 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,300
  • Forage liberated to date: 13,452 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 11,210 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: Unknown
  • Horses displaced from Complex by livestock: Unknown
  • True AML: Unknown

RELATED: Surprise Complex Roundup Day 11.

Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 27

The incident began on September 16.  Reports covering activity through October 12 have been posted to the Modoc news page:

  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Horses captured: 428, up from 401 on Day 25
  • Average daily take: 15.9
  • Capture goal: 600
  • Removal goal: 600
  • Returned: 1, no change from Day 25
  • Deaths: Unknown
  • Shipped: Unknown

Foals represented 14.0% of the horses captured.  Of the adults, 50.5% were males and 49.5% were female.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The death rate and number of unaccounted-for animals cannot be determined.

The low percentage of foals may indicate the herd is not growing at a rate of 20% per year, a benchmark often used by land managers.  Whether it is naturally occurring or induced by the advocates is not known.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 402
  • Forage assigned to horses: 4,824 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,926
  • Forage liberated to date: 5,124 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,270 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 15,711 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from WHT by livestock: 1,309 (2.6% of off-range holding)
  • True AML: 1,711

RELATED: Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 25.

Roy, Like Most Advocates, Stuck on Stupid

The executive director of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, a ranching advocacy group, told Wyoming News Now that her group is working with elected officials to force the BLM to use “the fertility shot.”

Folks, that’s all they bring to the table.  They have nothing else.

Their plan, which will ensure, over the long run, that privately owned cattle and sheep consume most of the resources in areas set aside for wild horses and burros, disrupts natural behaviors and drives birth rates to zero, while letting the herds die off.

Why are you still giving them money?

RELATED: RSGA Understands Management Process, Unlike Advocates.

Rock Springs Roundup Day 6

The incident began on October 7.  Gather stats through October 12:

  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Horses captured: 143
  • Average daily take: 23.8
  • Capture goal: 4,400
  • Removal goal: 3,500
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 111

The daily reports were not posted until yesterday.

Helicopters were grounded on Days 3 and 6 due to weather.

Foals represented 25.2% of the horses captured.  Of the adults, 69.2% were male and 30.8% were female.

Body condition scores were not reported.

Gather ops began at Divide Basin.  Five HMAs are involved in the roundup.

Rock Springs HMAs 10-13-21

Day 6 ended with 32 unaccounted-for animals.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 2,165 (across five HMAs)
  • Forage assigned to horses: 25,980 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 5,105
  • Forage liberated to date: 1,716 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 1,430 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 191,791 (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMAs by livestock: 15,982 (32% of off-range holding)
  • True AML: 18,147

RELATED: It’s Official: Rock Springs Roundup in Progress.

RSGA Understands Management Process, Unlike Advocates

Their operations manager, speaking about the BLM and the Rock Springs roundup, told the WyoFile reporter in an article published today that “They have management plans with defined numbers.  They should do their job and get it back to the numbers [for which] they plan to manage horses.”

The advocates, rather than challenge the plans and their lopsided resource allocations, tell you the government should be getting rid of the horses with PZP, not helicopters, and they need more of your money to carry out their important work.

BLM Casts RSGA as Archenemy of Wild Horses?

So says a coalition of county commissioners and conservation districts, according to a report posted this morning by the online news service WyoFile.

Wild horse conservationists could make that argument, but not the government.

A case brought by RSGA resulted in a court order that’s driving the roundup and forcing the BLM to close three of the HMAs and downsize a fourth.

The BLM assigned 90% of the active AUMs in the massive Rock Springs allotment to RSGA, shown in the Western Watersheds map.

Enemies would not be so generous.

Rock Springs Allotment Map 10-12-21

As for the status of the roundup, the gather page is still in blackout mode.  While an IT failure of a day or two might be excusable, this is not.  It has been going on for nearly a week.

RELATED: Can’t Blame Ranchers for Rock Springs Roundup?

Majority of Americans Oppose Rock Springs Roundup?

A poll commissioned by The Cloud Foundation found that 69% of respondents opposed removing all wild horses from 1.5 million acres of public lands in southern Wyoming to accommodate the oil/gas and livestock industries, according to a report published today by Cowboy State Daily.

Over 2,000 U.S. adults participated in the survey.

How useful is that result?

Does it correspond to events occurring now?

How did they go from 69% of respondents to 69% of Americans?

The roundup will not remove all of the horses.

The impact on wild horses by oil and gas exploration and production is miniscule, almost non-existent, compared to that of public-lands ranching.

A five-acre drill pad would displace 1/200th of a wild horse at typical stocking rates.

Five wild horses would be displaced from the range for every thousand drill pads.

In the five HMAs affected by the roundup, an estimated 16,000 wild horses have been displaced from their home range by privately owned livestock.

RELATED: Management Priorities at Rock Springs HMAs.

NOTE: Western Horse Watchers has been unable to cover the Rock Springs roundup due to the BLM IT outage.  Although the site was available for a short time on October 9, no activity had been reported.  The blackout was ongoing as of 11:30 PM EDT today.

Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 25

The incident began on September 16.  Reports covering activity through October 10 have been posted to the Modoc news page:

  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Horses captured: 401, up from 345 on Day 20
  • Average daily take: 16.0
  • Capture goal: 600
  • Removal goal: 600
  • Returned: 1, no change from Day 20
  • Deaths: Unknown
  • Shipped: Unknown

The number of horses captured on Day 22 was not given but assumed to be 25, given a cumulative total of 401 through Day 25.

Foals represented 14.5% of the horses captured.  Of the adults, 50.4% were males and 49.6% were female.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The death rate and number of unaccounted-for animals cannot be determined.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 402
  • Forage assigned to horses: 4,824 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,926
  • Forage liberated to date: 4,800 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,000 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 15,711 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from WHT by livestock: 1,309 (2.6% of off-range holding)
  • True AML: 1,711

RELATED: Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 20.