Black Mountain Roundup Day 21

The incident began on May 2.  Gather stats through May 22:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 1,008, up from 844 on Day 18
  • Average daily take: 48.0
  • Capture goal: 1,080
  • Removal goal: 1,080
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 796, no change from Day 18

Helicopters were grounded on Day 19 due to high winds.

The cumulative total includes 391 jacks, 508 jennies and 109 foals, based on figures in the daily reports.  The breakdown at the gather page is 392, 506 and 110.

Youngsters represented 10.8% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 43.5% were male and 56.5% were female.

The percentage of foals has been going down as the number of animals caught goes up.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 11% per year.

The percentages of males and females are still outside the range of expected variation for a simple random process centered at p-bar = .5 (50% males / 50% females) with a sample size of n = 899 adults.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Abnormal sex ratios are not unusual in herds subject to the Montana Solution.

The report for Day 19 said that burros in the HSUS darting experiment were treated at the holding facility.

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

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

Day 21 ended with 212 unaccounted-for animals.

With 1,008 burros taken off the range, the removal goal is 93% complete.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 478
  • Forage assigned to burros: 2,868 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,000
  • Forage liberated to date: 6,048 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 5,040 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 7,333 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Burros displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,222
  • True AML: 1,700
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 1.7 burros per thousand acres
  • Burros displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Black Mountain Roundup Day 18.

One thought on “Black Mountain Roundup Day 21

  1. As long as wild horses are not managed as a RESOURCE in the planning process they will be managed for extinction. Our/ your Congressmen must include protection for wild equids as a RESOURCE in order to amend fatally flawed Resource Management plans. Wild Equids by operation of law are a special status native American species (RESOURCE) under ESA criteria.
    In Mar of 2016 stated “ When and if available scientific information convinces the experts that determine the checklist of native species to North America that Equus caballus should be considered as an indigenous species, they will make the change in the next revision to the list.” YET to date, all responsible agencies have blatantly ignored the widely published mitochondrial DNA evidence of origin and geographic distinctions
    Wild equids are also a historic cultural RESOURCE under Sec 106 of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act criteria.( ) As a RESOURCE, they and sufficient habitat must be included in RESOURCE Management Plans, a NEPA requisite. These conditions are in addition to and supersede some of the 1971 Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act stipulations i.e.,
    The ACEC program was conceived in the 1976 Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), which established the first conservation ecology mandate for the BLM. FLPMA supersedes the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed after the Kleppe v New Mexico ruling.

    PDF Wild Horses and Burros Management Handbook – Bureau of Land Management
    Under 43 CFR 4700.0-6(b), WH&B shall be considered comparably with other RESOURCE values in the formulation of LUPs. This means WH&B are to be considered in the same manner as other RESOURCE values (e.g., cultural, historic, scenic, rangelands, timber, and minerals).

    . The court in Mt. States v Hodel found that “In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a particular species of wildlife.”
    Therefore, Amendments to RESOURCE management plans (RMPs) are necessary and imperative to correct habitat deficiencies to maintain and rewild herds.

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