Sulphur Roundup Day 5

The incident began on February 8.  Gather stats through February 12:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 299, up from 241 on Day 3
  • Average daily take: 59.8
  • Capture goal: 376
  • Removal goal: 326
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 7, up from 2 on Day 3
  • Shipped: 184, up from 84 on Day 3

Four horses were put down on Day 4, followed by another on Day 5, lifting the death rate from 0.8% to 2.3%.

The cumulative total includes 145 stallions, 154 mares and no foals.

The absence of youngsters implies a negative growth rate.  The herd is getting smaller, without the aid of helicopters, a result favored by the advocates.  A growth rate of 20% per year is often used by land managers to predict herd sizes.

Of the adults, 48.5% were stallions and 51.5% were mares.

Body condition scores were not reported.

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

Sulphur HMA Map 01-25-22

Day 5 ended with 108 unaccounted-for animals.

With an average daily take of 60, the capture goal should be achieved by Day 7.

The number of horses removed to date is 299.  Horses returned to the HMA will be treated with population suppression of unspecified type.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 250
  • Forage assigned to horses: 3,000 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 600
  • Forage liberated to date: 3,588 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 2,990 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 10,256 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 854
  • True AML: 1,104
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 4.8 wild horses per thousand public acres
  • Horses displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

The HMA cannot be overpopulated with 600 wild horses, when the BLM authorizes privately owned livestock equivalent to 854 wild horses in the same area, on top of the 250 horses allowed by plan.

RELATED: Sulphur Roundup Day 3.

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