Calico Roundup, Day 7

The incident began on September 10.  Gather stats through September 16:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 351, up from 258 on Day 5
  • Average daily take: 50.1
  • Capture goal: 1,076
  • Removal goal: 1,036
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 8, up from 7 on Day 5
  • Shipped: 251, no change from Day 5

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

Helicopters did not fly on Day 6 as the trap was moved to another area.

One stallion was euthanized on Day 7 due to severe tooth loss.

The death rate decreased slightly to 2.3%.

The capture total includes 140 stallions, 156 mares and 55 foals.

Youngsters represented 15.7% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 47.3% were male and 52.7% 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 7 ended with 92 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: 4,212 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 3,510 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 5.

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