The incident began on January 11. Gather stats through February 8:
- Target: Horses
- Type: Planned
- Method: Helicopter
- Captured: 1,860, up from 1,683 on Day 26
- Average daily take: 64.1
- Capture goal: 2,060
- Removal goal: 2,030
- Returned: 18, up from 4 on Day 26
- Deaths: 20, up from 15 on Day 26
- Shipped: 1,732, up from 1,554 on Day 26
Three horses were put down on Day 27, followed by two more on Day 29, lifting the death rate to 1.1%.
Three stallions and 11 mares were returned on Day 27 to an undisclosed location.
The cumulative total includes 784 stallions, 865 mares and 211 foals.
Youngsters represented 11.3% of the horses captured, consistent with a herd growth rate of six to seven percent per year, assuming a five percent death rate. A growth rate of 20% per year is often used by land managers to predict herd sizes.
Of the adults, 47.5% were stallions and 52.5% were mares.
Body condition scores were not reported.
The location of the trap site within the Complex was not provided.
Day 29 ended with 90 unaccounted-for animals.
With an average daily take of 64, the capture goal should be achieved this week.
The number of horses removed to date is 1,842. Mares returned to the Complex will be treated with fertility control of unspecified type.
- AML: 638 (across two HMAs, one WHT and one HA)
- Forage assigned to horses: 7,656 AUMs per year
- Pre-gather population: 3,244
- Forage liberated to date: 22,104 AUMs per year
- Water liberated to date: 18,420 gallons per day
- Forage assigned to livestock: 43,344 AUMs per year (estimated)
- Horses displaced from Complex by permitted grazing: 3,612
- True AML: 4,250
- Stocking rate at new AML: 3.5 wild horses per thousand acres
- Horses displaced from Complex by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates
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