Cedar Mountain Roundup, Day 5

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.

Cedar Mountain HMA Map 01-29-22

Day 5 ended with 41 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): 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

RELATED: Cedar Mountain Roundup, Day 3.

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