On September 14 the BLM began the Four Mile Herd Management Area (HMA) roundup. This HMA consists of about 18,800 acres and BLM has set the number of wild horses that can live in this area at 37-60. The operation is intended to capture approximately 189 wild horses and permanently remove 173. They plan to release 16 wild horses back to the HMA: 8 studs and 8 mares treated with GonaCon.
Wild horses removed from the HMA will be transported to the Boise Off-Range Corral Facility. You can make an appointment to view wild horses or burros at the corral if you wish to adopt (click here).
Day 2, Sept 15
BLM had observers get on a list for meeting time and place notification. Our observer was not contacted and BLM continued the operation on the 15th.
On day one the agency removed 188 of the targeted 189.
On the 15th: 27 (8 stallions, 13 mares, 6 foals) captured.
This number captured reflects every wild horse in the HMA according to BLM estimated population count.
Our observer visited the corrals. Full slideshow loading soon.
Day 1, Sept 14.
Wild horses captured: 188 (70 stallions, 75 mares, 43 foals)
Shipped: 187 (69 stallions, 75 mares, 43 foals)
1 stallion, no age given, died due to an acute injury the agency has not identified.
In 1 day: 4 runs, 1 trap, 18,800 acres, 188 captured, 1 death and 1 escape. Roundup completed in 1 day with about 22-30 left on range and BLM will release 16 more. (BLM had observers get on a list for meeting time and place notification. Our observer was not contacted and BLM continued the operation on the 15th and removed 27 more)
Report from observer in the field: First run was at 7:30 and the final run around 11:20. There was an escape and the stallion stopped to stare back at his family in the trap. Runs included those down a steep slope next to unmarked barbed wire. We appear to be the only org on-site.
In 4 runs: 188 captured, 1 death and 1 escape.
Wild horses were shipped to Boise for sorting, processing. Most of the wild horses came in with a body score 4/5 with a few 3’s.
Wild horses will be treated twice with GonaCon and release date will be announced by BLM.
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