Refer to this press release from the Forest Service. More information can be found at this page.
Results of gather:
- 148 horses removed (72 studs, 67 mares, 9 foals)
- 19 horses euthanized (12.8% death rate)
The remaining population was estimated to be around 140 horses. The affected area consists of the Spring Mountain WHT (102,221 acres) and Wheeler Pass HMA (275,575 acres). The AML is 66, for a target stocking rate of 0.2 horses per thousand acres. The actual stocking rate, based on animals remaining, is 0.4 horses per thousand acres.
The action was prompted by drought conditions in the southwestern U.S.
UPDATE: One of the euthanized horses was not emaciated, not injured in the gather, but was blind. Almost certainly he had one or more seeing-eye buddies on the range and would have been fine if allowed to stay there. If nobody wants to adopt blind horses, returning them to the range would be more humane than putting them down?
Trailcam photo of a Virginia Range mustang, taken 05/05/18, showing condition of the hoof. The natural rounding of the edge is known as the ‘mustang roll.’
Hard to tell with overcast skies, but she appears to be a dark bay. Elevation 6500 feet.
The Western States Horse Expo, to be held June 8-10, 2018 in Sacramento, CA, will feature wild horses and burros from the BLM. Refer to the schedule for everything going on at this event.
Two Virginia Range mustangs visiting with the neighbors on 05/18/18.
New video from Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. If you can’t adopt, they’ll gratefully accept your donation. Your horse is a reflection of you.
A fine example of virility and potency, on the part of the mom. This comes as a shock to individuals in western culture, now overrun with effeminacy and cowardice.