Calico Roundup, Day 9

The incident began on September 10.  Gather stats through September 18:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly
  • Captured: 459, up from 351 on Day 7
  • Average daily take: 51.0
  • Capture goal: 1,076
  • Removal goal: 1,036
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 12, up from 8 on Day 7
  • Shipped: 404, up from 251 on Day 7

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

Three horses were put down on Day 8, followed by one more on Day 9.  Most would be alive today if there was no roundup.

The death rate is 2.6%.

The capture total includes 180 stallions, 208 mares and 71 foals.

Youngsters represented 15.5% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 46.4% were male and 53.6% 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 9 ended with 43 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: 5,508 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,590 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 7.

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