Triple B Roundup, Day 11

The incident began on July 17.  Gather stats through July 27:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 439, up from 346 Day 9
  • Average daily take: 39.9
  • Capture goal: 1,900
  • Removal goal: 1,800
  • Returned: None, no change from Day 9
  • Deaths: 10, up from 8 on Day 9
  • Shipped: 355, up from 319 on Day 9

Two mares were put down on Day 11 due to pre-existing conditions.  They’d be alive today if there was no roundup.  The death rate is 2.3%.

The total includes 161 stallions, 201 mares and 77 foals.

Youngsters represented 17.5% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 44.5% were male and 55.5% were female.

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

A better estimate would be 13% per year assuming a 5% death rate.

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 11 ended with 74 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: 5,268 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,390 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 9.

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