The incident began on July 23. Gather stats through July 27:
- Target: Horses and burros
- Type: Planned
- Method: Helicopter
- Category: Cruel and costly
- Horses captured: 787, up from 588 on Day 3
- Burros captured: 2, no change from Day 3
- Average daily take: 157.4 horses, 0.4 burros
- Capture goal: 1,978 horses, 339 burros
- Removal goal: 1,868 horses, 339 burros
- Horses returned: None, no change from Day 3
- Burros returned: None, no change from Day 3
- Horse deaths: 9, up from 6 on Day 3
- Burro deaths: None, no change from Day 3
- Horses shipped: 578, up from 366 on Day 3
- Burros shipped: 2, up from 1 on Day 3
The figures above are based on the daily reports. The number of horses shipped doesn’t match the total at the gather page.
Two horses were put down on Day 4 due to pre-existing conditions. A mare jumped out of a pen on Day 5, ran through fencing and was later found dead.
The horse death rate is 1.1%.
The horse total includes 308 stallions, 352 mares and 127 foals.
Youngsters represented 16.1% of the horses captured. Of the adults, 46.7% were male and 53.3% were female.
The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 16%. A better estimate would be 11% per year, assuming a death rate of 5% per year.
Body condition scores on Days 4 and 5 ranged from 4 to 5.
Trapping continued at Bull Flat in Lassen County.
The HMA is subject to permitted grazing.
Day 5 ended with 200 unaccounted-for horses and no unaccounted-for burros.
Mares treated with fertility control will be returned to the area at a later date.
- AML: 758 horses and 116 burros, equivalent to 816 horses
- Forage assigned to horses and burros: 9,792 AUMs per year
- Pre-gather population: 3,316 horses and 401 burros, equivalent to 3,516 horses
- Forage liberated to date: 9,456 AUMs per year
- Water liberated to date: 7,880 gallons per day
- Forage assigned to livestock: 27,178 AUMs per year (estimated)
- Animals displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 2,264 horses
- True AML: 3,022 horses and 116 burros, equivalent to 3,080 horses
- Stocking rate at new AML: 4.1 horses per thousand acres
- Horses displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates
RELATED: Twin Peaks Roundup, Day 3.