Devil’s Garden Roundup Ends

The operation was cut short due to “challenging horses and changing weather patterns,” according to the yesterday’s update, with 506 horses captured.

The removal goal was 600.

The cumulative total in the previous update was 468.  The final update said 19 horses were taken on October 15, followed by 18 on October 16, for a total of 505.

The number of deaths and the number of horses shipped were not reported.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The number of unaccounted-for animals cannot be determined.

Foals represented 12.7% of the horses captured.  Of the adults, 49.1% were male and 50.9% were female.

The low percentage of foals suggests the herd is not growing at a rate of 20% per year, a benchmark used by land managers to predict herd sizes.

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