Calico Roundup, Day 11

The incident began on September 10.  Gather stats through September 20:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly (advocates have a better way)
  • Captured: 508, up from 459 on Day 9
  • Average daily take: 46.2
  • Capture goal: 1,076
  • Removal goal: 1,036
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 15, up from 12 on Day 9
  • Shipped: 478, up from 404 on Day 9

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

Three horses were put down on Day 10 as acts of mercy, raising the death rate from 2.6% to 3.0%.

The capture total includes 197 stallions, 233 mares and 78 foals.

Youngsters represented 15.4% 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 15% per year.

A better estimate would be 10% 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 11 ended with 15 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: 6,096 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 5,080 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 9.

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