Bible Springs Roundup, Day 5

The incident began on August 7.  Gather stats through August 11:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 121, up from 33 on Day 3
  • Average daily take: 24.2
  • Capture goal: 450
  • Removal goal: 410
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 1, up from zero on Day 3
  • Shipped: 69, up from 33 on Day 3

The figures above are based on the daily reports.

A mare was put down on Day 5 due to single-eye blindness.  She’d be alive today if there was no roundup.

The death rate is 0.8%.

The capture total includes 36 stallions, 59 mares and 26 foals.

Youngsters represented 21.5% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 37.9% were male and 62.1% were female.

A birth rate of 22% is consistent with a growth rate of 17% per year, assuming a death rate of 5% per year.

Body condition scores were not given.

The location of the trap was not disclosed.

The Complex and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.

Bible Springs Complex Map 02-24-22

Day 5 ended with 51 unaccounted-for animals.

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

Other statistics:

  • Horses allowed by plan (AML): 170
  • Forage assigned to horses: 2,040 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 831
  • Forage liberated to date: 1,452 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 1,210 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 9,890 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from Complex by permitted grazing: 817
  • True AML: 987
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 4.6 horses per thousand acres
  • Horses displaced from Complex by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Bible Springs Roundup, Day 3.

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