Above: During the first run of the day you can see a number of the bands that will be captured throughout the day racing back and forth to evade capture. The first run may have come in before the trap was finished, as the catch pen needed to be enlarged.
67 (14 Stallions, 37 Mares, and 16 Foals) were captured. 40 (16 Stallions, 17 Mares and 7 Foals) were shipped to the off-limits to view facility in Sutherland Utah. A baby died. BLM said the death of the tiny baby was a pre-existing condition: lameness — weak tendons. (Please read more about little baby feet and legs HERE)
You can see our ongoing daily log with links to extended daily video reports, like this report (click HERE) To date: 647 have been captured and 14 have died. Our observer remains the only member of the public onsite.
Above: The first group is loaded right away and taken to temporary holding. Another group comes in, is loaded, and as they are being taken down the bumpy path the trailer stops abruptly. It appears the driver stopped to talk to someone and then moves forward. Wild horses appear to act like dominos. There have been many instances at this operation where horses have fallen in the trailer. We do not know if trailers are being cleaned and there has been on and off rain for days.
Above: BLM sorts off the foals. After 4 tries to escape, the bay is successful.
Above: You can see a band try to protect a very small baby after what our observer described as a “relentless chase.” A gorgeous grey/white stallion makes an amazing attempt to draw the chopper (predator) away. None of the runs coming in show a baby. A trailer went down into the wings and came back appearing empty of wild horses. If the baby was in the trailer, it was extremely small or lying down. (We believe this may be the baby seen in the run and the one BLM put down saying it had a pre-existing condition?)
Above: The next runs (that appear to include members of the band with the tiny foal in the previous video) are captured. Neither of those runs show a tiny foal. A foal tries to escape.
Above: This foal puts up a real fight: 2 wranglers on horseback, a chopper and people on foot… as a long day comes to an end and sunlight begins to fade.
Tour of temporary holding was denied as it would be dark by the time sorting, feeding, etc. was done.
Our team is back onsite today.
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