Calico Roundup, Day 5

The incident began on September 10.  Gather stats through September 14:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 258, up from 235 on Day 3
  • Average daily take: 51.6
  • Capture goal: 1,076
  • Removal goal: 1,036
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 7, up from 5 on Day 3
  • Shipped: 251, up from 133 on Day 3

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

No animals were taken on Day 5 and no explanantion was given.  Operations may have moved to another HMA.

The number of horses shipped on Day 3 was changed from 90 to 81.

Two stallions were euthanized on Day 4 for non-life-threatening conditions.

The death rate is 2.7%.

The capture total includes 99 stallions, 117 mares and 42 foals.

Youngsters represented 16.3% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 45.8% were male and 54.2% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 16% per year.

A better estimate would be 11% per year, assuming a death rate of 5% per year.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The location of the trap site was not disclosed.

The HMAs and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.

Calico Complex Map 09-07-22

Day 5 ended with no 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): 952
  • Forage assigned to horses: 11,424 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 1,593
  • Forage liberated to date: 3,096 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 2,580 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: Unknown
  • Horses displaced from Complex by permitted grazing: Unknown
  • True AML: Unknown
  • Stocking rate at new AML: Unknown
  • Horses displaced from Complex by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Calico Roundup, Day 3.

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