Buffalo Hills Roundup Day 5

The incident began on July 1.  Gather stats through July 5:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 235, up from 156 on Day 3
  • Average daily take: 47.0
  • Capture goal: 383
  • Removal goal: 353
  • Returned: 1, up from zero on Day 3
  • Deaths: 8, up from 3 on Day 3
  • Shipped: 177, up from 72 on Day 3

Two horses were put down on Day 4 because of physical defects.  Two more were put down on Day 5 for similar reasons and one died from a fractured neck, probably from crashing into a pipe panel.

They’d be alive today if there was no roundup.

The death rate is 3.4%.

A mare was released on Day 4 but no details were given.

The cumulative total includes 87 stallions, 122 mares and 26 foals.  The cumulative total at the gather page is 225.

Youngsters represented 11.1% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 41.6% were male and 58.4% were female.

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

Abnormal sex ratios are 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 5 ended with 49 unaccounted-for animals.

The removal goal is 66% 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: 2,808 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 2,340 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 Day 3.

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