South Steens Roundup Starts Next Week

BLM will remove approximately 200 wild horses from private lands on either side of the southern boundary of the South Steens HMA, starting September 21.  Private areas are denoted by white in the following map.

The operation will be carried out with helicopters but will not be open to public observation, according to the news release.

The HMA covers 126,732 acres in southeastern Oregon and has an AML of 304, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 2.4 horses per thousand acres.

The South Steens Herd Area, not shown in the map, is about twice the size of the HMA, meaning the horses have lost half of the land they roamed when the WHB Act was signed into law.  The HA appears on page 4 of the Oregon HMA maps.  The roundup will likely include lands in the HA.

South Steens HMA Map

The HMA intersects three grazing allotments, according to Chapter III, Section C, in the Final EA for wild horse management actions in the HMA.  Public-lands ranchers receive an estimated 10,299 AUMs per year inside the HMA, compared to 3,648 AUMs per year for the horses.

The forage diverted to livestock puts the true AML at 1,162, commensurate with the current population.

Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Hines, OR.  Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.

The announcement did not indicate if Oregon is a fence-out state.

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UPDATE: The size of the HMA is 134,491 acres, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 2.3 wild horses per thousand acres.

Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 7

Gather stats through September 15:

  • Horses captured: 168
  • Goal: 500
  • Deaths: Not reported
  • Shipped: Not reported

The number of foals is unknown.  The number of horses held on site is not known.

Body condition scores were not provided.

The operation started on September 9.

The total estimated forage available to livestock inside the WHT would support an additional 1,309 wild horses for a true AML of 1,711, making the roundup unnecessary.

The daily reports can be found here.

RELATED: Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 4.

Diamond Roundup Day 6

Gather stats through September 15:

  • Horses captured: 499
  • Goal: 1,225
  • Deaths: 7
  • Shipped: 313

Three deaths occurred on Day 5 and one on Day 6, all due to pre-existing conditions.

The incident started on September 10.

Foals represented 18.6% of the total.  Body condition scores were not provided.

The contractor is holding 179 horses on site.  Sixty will be returned to the Complex, including 30 mares treated with contraceptives.

The herd size is now well below the true AML but the operation will continue because the government has decided to manage the area primarily for livestock.

The horses receive an estimated 12% of the authorized forage on the three HMAs affected by the roundup.

RELATED: Diamond Roundup Day 4Diamond Wild Horses Get Short End of Stick.

Cibola-Trigo Roundup Resumes

Approximately 300 wild burros will be removed from the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge and Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release from the Fish and Wildlife Service.  The affected areas are on the west side of the Cibola-Trigo HMA, a narrow zone denoted by blue-green in the following map.

A gather page by the BLM indicates the roundup started last week, with 81 burros gathered through September 15.  The operation employs bait traps and is not open to public observation.  No deaths have been reported.

Captured animals will be shipped to the off-range corrals in Florence, AZ.

A nuisance gather occurred in the HMA earlier this year.

Diamond Roundup Day 4

Gather stats through September 13:

  • Horses captured: 267
  • Goal: 1,225
  • Deaths: 3

Two deaths occurred on Day 3 (related to roundup) and one on Day 4 (pre-existing condition).

The incident started on September 10.

Foals represented 17.2% of the total.  Body condition scores were not provided.

The contractor is holding 138 horses on site.  Sixty will be returned to the Complex, not necessarily these, including 30 mares treated with contraceptives.

The herd size dropped below the true AML on the first day of the roundup.

RELATED: Diamond Roundup Day 2Diamond Wild Horses Get Short End of Stick.

Devil’s Garden Roundup Day 2

The event started September 9, according to today’s report, with 34 horses gathered and one death.

Day 2 yielded eight more, for a total of 42.

Foals represented 21.4% of the horses captured.

No horses have been returned to the WHT and 41 have shipped or are awaiting shipment, so the numbers check.

42 animal captured = 41 animals shipped + 1 animal death + 0 animals returned

The daily reports can be found here.

RELATED: Devil’s Garden Roundup Begins.

Pokegama Roundup to Alleviate Grazing Conflicts

A story published this morning by the Herald and News of Klamath Falls, OR said that a request to remove the horses from private lands came from the Green Diamond Resource Company, a forest products concern.

A document cited in the article said the horses have become an increasing nuisance by impacting riparian environments and occupying grazing land intended for tenants.

RELATED: Pokegama Wild Horse Roundup Begins Next Month.