Calico Roundup, Day 21

The incident began on September 10.  Gather stats through September 30:

  • Target: Horses
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Category: Cruel and costly (advocates have a better way)
  • Captured: 863, up from 802 on Day 19
  • Average daily take: 41.1
  • Capture goal: 1,076
  • Removal goal: 1,036
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: 26, up from 25 on Day 19
  • Shipped: 776, up from 725 on Day 19

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

Gather ops concluded on Day 21.

A mare was put down on Day 20 due to a pre-existing injury.

The death rate is 3.0%.

The capture total includes 330 stallions, 400 mares and 133 foals.

Youngsters represented 15.4% of the animals gathered.

Of the adults, 45.2% were male and 54.8% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 15% per year.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The location of the trap was not disclosed.

The HMAs and surrounding lands are subject to permitted grazing.

Calico Complex Map 09-07-22

Day 21 ended with 61 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: 10,356 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 8,630 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

The pre-gather population exceeded the AML but not necessarily the number of horses the land can support.

RELATED: Calico Roundup, Day 19.

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