South Steens Roundup Set for Next Month

The incident will begin on or around September 10, as noted in today’s news release.

The capture goal is 400 and the removal goal is 350, according to the latest schedule.

Horses will be pushed into the traps by helicopters and operations will be open to public observation.

Up to 25 mares will be treated with the Montana Solution and returned to the range, along with 25 stallions.

The HMA covers about 134,000 acres in southeastern Oregon.

The 304 horses allowed by plan require 3,648 AUMs per year.

The stocking rate allowed by plan is 2.3 horses per thousand acres.

The current population is thought to be 1,370 including foals.

South Steens HMA Map 08-17-22

Most of the HMA is subject to permitted grazing.  Livestock receive an estimated 10,299 AUMs per year, enough to support 858 wild horses.

The BLM will collect $13,904 in grazing fees from ranching operations inside the HMA, while it spends about $1.6 million per year to care for the 858 horses displaced thereby.

Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Hines.

Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.

RELATED: South Steens Wild Horses Get Short End of Stick.

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