Frisco Roundup, Day 3

The incident began on August 29.  Gather stats through August 31:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 34, up from 12 on Day 1
  • Average daily take: 11.3
  • Capture goal: 97
  • Removal goal: 67
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 1, up from zero on Day 1
  • Shipped: None

The figures above are based on the daily reports, not the totals posted by the BLM.

A stallion was euthanized on Day 2 because of a club foot.

The death rate is 2.9%.

The capture total includes 19 stallions, 9 mares and 6 foals.

Youngsters represented 17.6% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 67.9% were male and 32.1% 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 death rate of 5% per year.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The location of the trap was not disclosed.

The HMA and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.

Frisco HMA Map 08-22-22

Day 3 ended with 33 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): 60
  • Forage assigned to horses: 720 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 137
  • Forage liberated to date: 408 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 340 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 2,959 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Horses displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 247
  • True AML: 307
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 5.1 horses per thousand acres
  • Horses displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Frisco Roundup in Progress.

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