Piceance Roundup, Part 2 Day 9

The incident began on July 15.  Gather stats through July 23:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 616, up from 494 on Day 7
  • Average daily take: 68.4
  • Capture goal: 1,050
  • Removal goal: 750
  • Returned: None, no change from Day 7
  • Deaths: 2, no change from Day 7
  • Shipped: 444, up from 364 on Day 7

The death rate is 0.3%.

The total, based on the daily reports, includes 230 stallions, 276 mares and 110 foals.

The eighteen horses taken off the range in Part 1 have been omitted.

Youngsters represented 17.9% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 45.5% were male and 54.5% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 18% per year.

Thirteen percent would be a better estimate based on a death rate of 5% per year.

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 9 ended with 170 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): 235
  • Forage assigned to horses: 2,820 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,385
  • Forage liberated to date: 7,392 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 6,160 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: Piceance Roundup, Part 2 Day 7.

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