Cedar Mountain Roundup, Day 7

The incident began on September 17.  Gather stats through September 23:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly (advocates have a bettter way)
  • Captured: 462, up from 258 on Day 5
  • Average daily take: 66.0
  • Capture goal: 700
  • Removal goal: 400
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 1, up from zero on Day 5
  • Shipped: 316, up from 217 on Day 5

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

A stallion was put down on Day 6 due to blindness in one eye.  He’d be alive today if there was no roundup.

The capture total includes 172 stallions, 195 mares and 95 foals.

Youngsters represented 20.6% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 46.9% were male and 53.1% were female.

The percentage of foals has decreased since Day 5, suggesting the herd growth rate may be closer to 16% per year, given a death rate of 5% 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 7 ended with 145 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: 5,544 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,620 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

The government collects $23,042 per year in grazing fees from ranching activity inside the HMA while it spends $2,595,150 per year to care for the horses displaced thereby.

Would you say that permitted grazing is a wise use of the public lands?

RELATED: Cedar Mountain Roundup, Day 5.

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