Triple B Roundup, Day 7

The incident began on July 17.  Gather stats through July 23:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 285, up from 248 on Day 5
  • Average daily take: 40.7
  • Capture goal: 1,900
  • Removal goal: 1,800
  • Returned: None, no change from Day 5
  • Deaths: 6, up from 4 on Day 5
  • Shipped: 246, up from 159 on Day 5

Helicopters did not fly on Day 7.

Two foals were put down on Day 6 due to pre-existing conditions, lifting the death rate to 2.1%.

The total includes 92 stallions, 138 mares and 55 foals.

Youngsters represented 19.3% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 40.0% were male and 60.0% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 19% per year.

Abnormal sex ratios are often found in herds subject to the Montana Solution but not double-digit birth rates.

Body condition scores were not given.

The location of the trap site was not disclosed.

The Complex and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.

Triple B Complex Map 07-11-22

Day 7 ended with 33 unaccounted-for animals.

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

Other statistics:

  • Horses allowed by plan (AML): 821
  • Forage assigned to horses: 9,852 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,475
  • Forage liberated to date: 3,420 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 2,850 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 49,188 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from Complex by permitted grazing: 4,099
  • True AML: 4,911
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 3.0 horses per thousand acres
  • Horses displaced from Complex by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Triple B Roundup, Day 5.

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