Totals captured to date: 1265 (563 Studs, 696 Mares, 6 Foals) 16 wild horses have died.
On Feb 11 our observer went to the trap (the only observer present) and operations were called off due to winds.
On Feb 12 BLM returned to the same trap site, this time with two helicopters as the operation at Reveille ended and one returned.
A band that evaded captured since Feb 8th was the only target of operations today. The band was pushed in and out of trees. The band fractured, regrouped and fractured again.
As the chopper put pressure on the band running all out, we could see them fly through trees. The band fractured again. Two flew by our observer, 4 headed the opposition direction and a mare and her foal headed back to the location they took refuge on Feb 8. An exclosure (fenced area) with a deep draw and a lot of trees. However, there were only two ways out.
The chopper pursues through the trees and then riders go out ready to rope. Both the mare and foal were roped outside of our view. A trailer wet out to pick up horses. Our observer had no idea if there were any injuries (she was later told there are no injuries). Our observer is so far from the trap she could not hear the foal walked in.
The trailer with the adult mare returned to trap. Both were loaded and sent to temporary where they will then ship to PVC north of Reno.
If you are interested in adopting the pair we will be going to find both this mare and foal and will publish tag numbers.
This band was smart, fought hard, and in the end were not caught by the helicopter. Only two wild horses were captured today, both roped and pulled in.
Our observer did shoot video, but time is extremely limited. We will load video soon.
More on Eagle:
Eagle roundup running stats page: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2020/01/18/eagle-2020/
Eagle Roundup Background and video from previous operations (including the mare that aborted as she was pursued at the last operation): https://wildhorseeducation.org/2020/01/10/eagle-and-the-consequence-of-betrayal/
A peek at the week in pictures from both the Eagle roundup and the Reveille operation : https://wildhorseeducation.org/2020/02/10/week-in-pictures-roundups-and-range/
All articles on the Eagle Complex (including the 2020 operation) in archive: https://wildhorseeducation.org/?s=eagle
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