Desatoya Roundup Day 6

The incident began on January 16.  Gather stats through January 21:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 147, up from 93 on Day 3
  • Average daily take: 24.5
  • Capture goal: 233
  • Removal goal: 150
  • Returned: 2, up from zero on Day 3
  • Deaths: 2, up from 1 on Day 3
  • Shipped: 83, up from 9 on Day 3

A stallion was euthanized on Day 5, lifting the death rate to 1.4%.

The cumulative total includes 67 stallions, 61 mares and 19 foals.

Youngsters represented 12.9% of the horses captured, consistent with a herd growth rate of 8% per year, assuming a 5% death rate.

Of the adults, 52.3% were stallions and 47.7% 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

Two stallions, each blind in one eye, were returned to the HMA on Day 4.  Blindness is usually a fatal flaw for captured horses.

The number of animals shipped includes nine privately owned horses returned to their owner on Day 3.

Day 6 ended with 60 unaccounted-for animals.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 180
  • Forage assigned to horses: 2,160 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 277
  • Forage liberated to date: 1,740 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 1,450 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 Day 3.

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