The incident began on September 17. Gather stats through September 21:
- Target: Horses
- Type: Planned
- Method: Helicopter
- Category: Cruel and costly (advocates have a bettter way)
- Captured: 258, up from 223 on Day 3
- Average daily take: 51.6
- Capture goal: 700
- Removal goal: 400
- Returned: None
- Deaths: None
- Shipped: 217, up from 153 on Day 3
The figures above are based on the daily reports, not the totals posted by the BLM.
The capture total includes 100 stallions, 100 mares and 58 foals.
Youngsters represented 22.5% of the animals gathered.
Of the adults, 50% were male and 50% were female.
The herd growth rate may be close to 20% per year, a figure used by land managers to predict herd sizes and justify management actions, given a birth rate of 23% per year.
Body condition scores were not provided.
The location of the trap site was not disclosed.
The HMA and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.
Day 5 ended with 41 unaccounted-for animals.
Mares treated with fertility control may be returned to the area at a later date.
- Horses allowed by plan (AML): 390
- Forage assigned to horses: 4,680 AUMs per year
- Pre-gather population: 920
- Forage liberated to date: 3,096 AUMs per year
- Water liberated to date: 2,580 gallons per day
- Forage assigned to livestock: 17,068 AUMs per year (estimated)
- Horses displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,422
- True AML: 1,812
- Stocking rate at new AML: 8.6 horses per thousand acres
- Horses displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates
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