Operations will begin on or about January 16, according to yesterday’s news release.
Helicopters will push the horses into the traps and the incident will be open to public observation.
The HMA covers 161,678 acres and the 180 horses allowed by plan require 2,160 AUMs per year.
The stocking rate allowed by plan is 1.1 wild horses per thousand acres, in line with the target rate of one wild horse per thousand acres across all HMAs.
The current population is thought to be 277.
The Western Watersheds map shows four grazing allotments that intersect the HMA.
Livestock receive 9,133 AUMs per year inside the HMA, per Table 3-2 of the Final EA for resource enforcement actions therein.
The forage assigned to livestock would support an additional 761 wild horses, about 1.5% of those in off-range holding, for a True AML of 941.
The current population is well within this range.
There is no need for a roundup or fertility control program, despite the drivel from the bureaucrats and advocates. The problem is public-lands ranching.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals at Palomino Valley.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
Over 400 wild horses were removed from the area two years ago.