Summary: The BLM gathered 12 horses today. Heavy fog in Challis delayed helicopter operations until the afternoon. The capture site will be moved tomorrow to gather a small group of horses currently residing outside the Challis HMA.
Animals gathered: 12 Animals shipped: none Gather related (Acute) animal deaths: 0 Cause: None Non-Gather related (Chronic) animal deaths: 1 Cause: A three-year old bay mare came into the capture site in very poor body condition (Henneke Body Condition Score – 2). A veterinarian assessed the mare and concluded that her legs had been previously broken, (possibly from a vehicle accident) and that the chronic/pre-existing condition was causing significant pain, had permanent structural damage, and was impacting her quality of life. The only humane course of action was to euthanize the mare, which was completed by the veterinarian on October 27, 2012.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Summary: The BLM gathered 6 horses from outside the Challis HMA today.
Summary: TheChallis Wild Horse Gather concluded on October 30. On October 30, the BLM released 47 male horses back to the Challis HMA. Today, the BLM released 46 mares treated with fertility control back to the Challis HMA and an additional 10 male horses. An adoption will be held at the Challis Wild Horse Facility December 14-15. A public viewing opportunity will be held at the Challis Wild Horse Facility on November 4, from 2-4 p.m.