Death Valley Auxiliary Roundup Day 5

The incident began on April 25.  Gather stats through April 29:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 78, up from 55 on Day 3
  • Average daily take: 15.6
  • Capture goal: 490
  • Removal goal: 490
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 78, up from 55 on Day 3

Helicopters were grounded on Day 4 due to high winds.

The cumulative total includes 34 jacks, 37 jennies and seven foals.

Youngsters represented 9% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 48% were jacks and 52% were jennies.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 9%.  If the death rate is 5%, the growth rate would be around 4% per year.  The BLM did not indicate if the jennies had been treated with the Montana Solution.

The location of the trap site was not provided.

The maps in Appendix B of the project documents show the location of gather activity relative to the park.  The Western Watersheds map does not show Herd Areas.

Death Valley Auxiliary Roundup Map 04-29-22

Day 5 ended with no unaccounted-for animals.

The number of burros removed to date is 78.

Other statistics:

  • AML: Zero
  • Forage assigned to burros: None
  • Pre-gather population: Unknown
  • Forage liberated to date: 468 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 390 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: Unknown
  • Burros displaced from area by permitted grazing: Unknown
  • True AML: Unknown
  • Stocking rate at new AML: Unknown
  • Burros displaced from area by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Death Valley Auxiliary Roundup Day 3.

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