Owyhee Roundup Day 26

The incident began on October 11.  Gather stats through November 5:

  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Horses captured: 891, up from 742 on Day 24
  • Average daily take: 34.3
  • Capture goal: 947
  • Removal goal: 615
  • Returned: 260, no change from Day 24
  • Deaths: 23, up from 19 on Day 24
  • Shipped: 446, up from 403 on Day 24

Four horses were put down on Day 26 due to pre-existing conditions, although the report lists one as related to the roundup.  The actions were justified by IM 2021-007, Euthanasia of Wild Horses and Burros Related to Acts of Mercy, Health or Safety.

The death rate is 2.6%.

Foals represented 17.8% of the horses captured.  Of the adults, 51.4% were male and 48.6% were female.

Body condition scores were not given.

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

Gather ops moved to Rock Creek on Day 22.  Five HMAs are involved in the roundup.

Owyhee Complex Map 10-04-21

Day 26 ended with 162 unaccounted-for animals.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 999 (across five HMAs)
  • Forage assigned to horses: 11,988 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,188
  • Forage liberated to date: 7,572 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 6,310 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: Unknown
  • Horses displaced from Complex by livestock: Unknown
  • True AML: Unknown

RELATED: Owyhee Roundup Day 24, Status of Owyhee Allotments.

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