The incident concluded yesterday, according to a statement at the gather page, with 383 horses captured, 352 shipped, 11 dead and 20 returned.
There were no unaccounted-for animals.
The death rate was 2.9%.
The number of horses removed from the HMA was 363.
The capture goal was 376 and the removal goal was 326.
The cumulative total includes 184 stallions, 199 mares and no foals.
Of the adults, 48% were stallions and 52% were mares.
With no youngsters, the herd will shrink without the aid of helicopters.
Body condition scores were not reported.
The BLM claimed the HMA was overpopulated with 600 wild horses, when it authorizes privately owned livestock equivalent to 854 horses in the same area, on top of the 250 horses allowed by plan.
The advocates will likely point to the HMA as a model of wild horse management.
- No youngsters
- Ongoing fertility control program
- Shrinking herd size
- Over 850 horses displaced by permitted grazing
- AML corresponds to 23% of authorized forage
- Has herd management area plan (HMAP)
It might even replace Assateague Island as their favorite.
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On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 1:01 PM Western Horse Watchers Association wrote:
> Western Horse Watchers posted: “The incident concluded yesterday, > according to a statement at the gather page, with 383 horses captured, 352 > shipped, 11 dead and 20 returned. There were no unaccounted-for animals. > The death rate was 2.9%. The number of horses removed from the HMA was” >