Calico Roundup, Day 15

The incident began on September 10.  Gather stats through September 24:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly (advocates have a better way)
  • Captured: 710, up from 639 on Day 13
  • Average daily take: 47.3
  • Capture goal: 1,076
  • Removal goal: 1,036
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 21, up from 17 on Day 13
  • Shipped: 654, up from 551 on Day 13

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

One horse was put down on Day 14 due to pre-existing conditions, followed by three more on Day 15.  They survived the chase and would probably be alive today if there was no roundup.

The death rate jumped from 2.7% to 3.0%.

The capture total includes 263 stallions, 331 mares and 116 foals.

Youngsters represented 16.3% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 44.3% were male and 55.7% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 16% 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 15 ended with 35 unaccounted-for animals.

Mares treated with fertility control may be returned to the area at a later date.

The capture and removal goals at the gather page have not changed despite new targets in the latest schedule.

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: 8,520 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 7,100 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 13.

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