The incident began on July 15. Gather stats through July 21:
- Target: Horses
- Type: Planned
- Method: Helicopter
- Category: Cruel and costly
- Captured: 494, up from 392 on Day 5
- Average daily take: 70.6
- Capture goal: 1,050
- Removal goal: 750
- Returned: None, no change from Day 5
- Deaths: 2, no change from Day 5
- Shipped: 364, up from 295 on Day 5
The death rate is 0.4%.
The total, based on the daily reports, includes 184 stallions, 218 mares and 92 foals.
The 18 horses taken in Part 1 were omitted.
Youngsters represented 18.6% of the animals captured. Of the adults, 45.8% were male and 54.2% were female.
The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 19% per year.
If the death rate is 5% per year, 14% per year would be a better estimate.
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.
Day 7 ended with 128 unaccounted-for animals.
Mares treated with fertility control may be returned to the area at a later date.
- Horses allowed by plan (AML): 235
- Forage assigned to horses: 2,820 AUMs per year
- Pre-gather population: 1,385
- Forage liberated to date: 5,928 AUMs per year
- Water liberated to date: 4,940 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
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