Buffalo Hills Roundup Day 3

The incident began on July 1.  Gather stats through July 3:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 156, up from 68 on Day 1
  • Average daily take: 52.0
  • Capture goal: 383
  • Removal goal: 353
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 3, up from 1 on Day 1
  • Shipped: 72, up from zero on Day 1

A foal was found dead on Day 1, cause unknown.  A mare was found dead on Day 2, rattlesnake bite.  A stallion was put down on Day 3, physical deformity.

The death rate is now 1.9%.

The cumulative total includes 51 stallions, 88 mares and 17 foals.

Youngsters represented 10.9% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 36.7% were male and 63.3% were female.

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

The abnormal sex ratio is often found in herds subject to the Montana Solution.

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

Buffalo Hills HMA Map 06-27-22

Day 3 ended with 81 unaccounted-for animals.

The removal goal is 44% complete.  Mares treated with fertility control will be returned to the area at a later date.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 314
  • Forage assigned to horses: 3,768 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 541
  • Forage liberated to date: 1,872 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 1,560 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 1,135 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 94
  • True AML: 408
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 3.1 horses per thousand acres
  • Horses displaced from area by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Buffalo Hills Roundup Begins.

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