Piceance Roundup, Part 2 Day 3

The incident began on July 15.  Gather stats through July 17:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 292, up from 159 on Day 1
  • Average daily take: 97.3
  • Capture goal: 1,050
  • Removal goal: 750
  • Returned: None, no change from Day 1
  • Deaths: 2, up from zero on Day 1
  • Shipped: 172, up from zero on Day 1

Horses were put down on Days 2 and 3, presumably, due to pre-existing conditions but no details were given.  The death rate is 0.7%.

The total includes 106 stallions, 132 mares and 54 foals.

Youngsters represented 18.5% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 44.5% were male and 55.5% were female.

Body condition scores were not given.

The location of the trap site was not disclosed.

The HMA and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.

Piceance HMA Map 07-17-22

Day 3 ended with 118 unaccounted-for animals.

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

Other statistics:

  • AML: 235
  • Forage assigned to horses: 2,820 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,385
  • Forage liberated to date: 3,504 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 2,920 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 6,840 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 570
  • True AML: 805
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 4.2 horses per thousand acres
  • Horses displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Helicopters Take to the Skies at Piceance HMA.

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