Buffalo Hills Roundup Day 7

The incident began on July 1.  Gather stats through July 7:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 328, up from 235 on Day 5
  • Average daily take: 46.9
  • Capture goal: 383
  • Removal goal: 353
  • Returned: 1, no change from Day 5
  • Deaths: 8, no change from Day 5
  • Shipped: 244, up from 177 on Day 5

The death rate declined from 3.4% to 2.4%.

The total, based on the daily reports, includes 118 stallions, 167 mares and 43 foals.

The total at the gather page is 318.

Youngsters represented 13.1% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 41.4% were male and 58.6% were female.

Body condition scores were not given.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 13% 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 7 ended with 75 unaccounted-for animals.

Mares treated with fertility control will be returned to the area at a later date.

Operations will likely conclude by Day 9.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 314
  • Forage assigned to horses: 3,768 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 541
  • Forage liberated to date: 3,924 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 3,270 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 5.

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