Desatoya Roundup Day 3

The incident began on January 16.  Gather stats through January 18:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 93, up from 24 on Day 1
  • Average daily take: 31.0
  • Capture goal: 233
  • Removal goal: 150
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 1, none reported on Day 1
  • Shipped: 9, none reported on Day 1

A mare was euthanized on Day 3.  The death rate is 1.1%.

The cumulative total includes 42 stallions, 38 mares and 13 foals.

Youngsters represented 14.0% of the horses captured, consistent with a herd growth rate of 9% per year, assuming a 5% death rate.

Of the adults, 52.5% were stallions and 47.5% were mares.

Body condition scores were not reported.

The location of the trap site within the HMA was not provided.

Desatoya HMA Map 01-19-22

Day 3 ended with 83 unaccounted-for animals.

The nine privately owned horses returned to their owner on Day 3 were placed into the Shipped category.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 180
  • Forage assigned to horses: 2,160 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 277
  • Forage liberated to date: 1,116 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 930 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 9,608 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 801
  • True AML: 981
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 6.1 wild horses per thousand acres
  • Horses displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Desatoya Roundup in Progress.

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