Tuscarora Gather Reports

Tuscarora Gather Reports 

Date/2010 Comments
Tuesday,
Aug. 3

The contractor shipped all wild horses from the gather corrals today.  Gather operations ended today.

Shipped 98 animals today: 66 studs to Gunnison Facility, 21 mares and 11 foals to Palomino Valley Center.

Monday,
Aug. 2

The contractor brought in 39 animals from outside the Rock Creek HMA: 11 studs, 17 mares and 11 foals.  These animals were gathered by 11:30 a.m., without incident in the Toe Jam and Nelson creek areas.

87 animals were shipped to the Palomino Valley Center: 58 mares and 29 foals.

Gathered: 39
Shipped: 87

Sunday,
Aug. 1

Gather operations were conducted until 12:30 p.m., bringing in 138 wild horses without incident.  The 52 studs, 57 mares, and 29 foals were on private property in the Toe Jam and Nelson creek areas outside the Rock Creek HMA.

75 animals were shipped today: 36 studs to the Gunnison Facility in Utah and 24 mares and 15 foals to the Palomino Valley Center.

Gathered: 138
Shipped: 75
No deaths

Saturday,
July 31

The contractor gathered excess wild horses in the Rock Creek drainage area outside the Rock Creek HMA until 10:30 a.m., bringing in 64 animals without incident: 18 studs, 28 mares and 18 foals.  Three animals were humanely euthanized today: one 4-year-old mare missing one eye and blind in the other eye, and two foals with birth defect leg deformities.  One 4-month-old foal died overnight. The on-site veterinarian conducted an autopsy.  Results will be posted as soon as they are received.

Shipped: 35 animals to the Palomino Valley Center: 24 mares and 11 foals
Gathered: 64
Deaths: 4, Total deaths at gather corrals: 28

Friday,
July 30

The contractor gathered in the Rock Creek drainage today, outside the Rock Creek HMA, bringing in 58 excess wild horses without incident: 21 studs, 24 mares, and 13 foals.  The BLM and the contractor are closely monitoring the ages of the foals.  Mares with foals too young to gather will not be moved.  The gather area is in a mix of public and private land ownership. 

One 3-4 month old foal with a severely crippled back leg from a pre-existing physical injury was humanely euthanized.

23 animals were shipped to the Palomino Valley Center: 12 studs, 9 mares and 2 foals.

Gathered: 30
Death: 1, Total deaths at gather corrals: 24

Thursday,
July 29

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractor concluded operations at 9:30 a.m. today in the Cornucopia Mine/Ridge area after gathering 23 excess wild horses, 12 studs, 9 mares and 2 foals, without incident or injury to the animals. Morning temperatures ranged from 62 degrees to the mid 70s when the animals were gathered and heat was not an issue. This area is about five miles outside Rock Creek Herd Management Area (HMA).

 The contractor will relocate to the Rock Creek drainage area and resume gather operations on Friday, July 30. The gather may continue into the weekend.

A group of approximately 285 excess wild horses has been sighted in the Rock Creek drainage area, which is about three miles outside the Rock Creek HMA. The animals are causing considerable impacts to rangeland resources on public and adjacent private lands, as well as impacting habitat for the Lahontan cutthroat trout. The excess wild horses in the Cornucopia Mine/Ridge area and Rock Creek drainage area moved out of the HMA after a wildland fire in 2006.

The BLM today shipped 22 mares to the Palomino Valley Center (PVC) near Sparks, Nev. All the animals shipped yesterday - 30 studs to the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility and 23 mares and 16 foals to PVC - arrived in good condition and without incident.

Gathered: 23
Shipped: 22
No deaths

Wednesday,
July 28

High winds halted gather operations in the Rock Creek Herd Management Area (HMA).  After adjusting the sex ratio of 60 percent studs and 40 percent mares, the BLM released 38 studs back into the Rock Creek HMA at 9 a.m. today. The BLM also applied fertility control on 41 Rock Creek mares, which were released back into the HMA at 1 p.m. One mare, determined too old to apply fertility control, was returned back into the HMA with the treated mares.  

The BLM shipped 30 studs to the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, and 23 mares and 16 foals to the Palomino Valley Center near Sparks, Nev. today.

Released back to HMA: 80 animals: 38 studs, 42 mares
Shipped: 69
No deaths

Tuesday,
July 27

The BLM contractor gathered 78 excess wild horses, including 30 studs, 34 mares and 14 foals that were five miles outside the Rock Creek HMA. The animals were in the Cornucopia Mine/Ridge area where about 50 -70 additional excess wild horses have been sighted.

The gather went well with no incidents or injuries. Morning temperatures were cool and heat was not an issue. The contractor ended operations after the animals were gathered. An 18-year-old mare with an older pre-existing fractured knee and upper leg injury was humanely euthanized.

The animals were transported to the temporary holding corrals, where they were sorted and provided feed, water, and veterinarian care if needed. No animals were shipped to the Gunnison Facility or to the Palomino Valley Center.

Death: 1, Total deaths at gather corrals: 23

Monday,
July 26
No gather activities occurred today and no animals were shipped. The BLM contractor conducted aerial reconnaissance of the Rock Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) to document and map the locations of the remaining excess wild horses outside the HMAs.

One group of approximately 100 -140 excess wild horses were sighted in the Cornucopia Mine/Ridge area, which is about five miles outside the Rock Creek HMA. A second group of approximately 285 excess wild horses has been sighted in the Rock Creek drainage area, which is about three miles outside the HMA. All these animals moved out of the HMA after a wildland fire in 2006.

Cumulatively between the two groups of excess wild horses, the BLM needs to gather about 350 excess wild horses. They are causing considerable impacts to rangeland resources on public and adjacent private lands, as well as impacting habitat for the Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Sunday,
July 25

Gather operations were not conducted today.  After adjusting sex ratios, the BLM released 24 studs back into the Little Humboldt HMA at 9 a.m.  The BLM also completed fertility control on 23 Little Humboldt HMA mares.  After a brief rest, the mares were released back to the HMA. The fertility control vaccine is PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida).  The BLM conducts fertility control with the oversight of the U.S. Humane Society.

The State Brand Inspector identified and took jurisdiction of one branded estray mare.

The contractor plans to move the gather corrals today.  The BLM plans to gather and remove about 425 wild horses that moved out of the Rock Creek HMA. These animals are causing considerable impacts to rangeland resources on public and adjacent private lands, as well as riparian habitat for Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Released back to the Little Humboldt HMA: 47

Saturday,
July 24

The BLM contractor gathered wild horses in the Rock Creek HMA today, bringing in 17 animals, 7 studs, 8 mares and 2 foals, without incident or injury.  Gather operations ended by 9:45 a.m.

Public observers are on site today and have access about 100 yards from the gather corrals and 30 to 40 feet at the temporary holding corrals. 

The contractor shipped 46 animals to the PVC, 25 mares and 21 foals.

Gathered: 17
Shipped to PVC: 46
No deaths

Friday,
July 23

The contractor gathered 67 horses, 23 studs, 36 mares and 8 foals from the Little Humboldt HMA.  The contractor used two helicopters and stopped gathering at 9:45 a.m.

Today is a public observation day and 11 members of the public and media watched the gather operations.

Gathered: 67
No deaths

Thursday,
July 22

The contractor gathered 103 horses, 31 studs, 58 mares and 14 foals, during 6:10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Temperatures ranged from 61 to 82 degrees F.  These horses are in much better condition than those gathered from the Owyhee HMA because the lack of water is not a critical issue.  The BLM plans to apply fertility control to gathered mares and adjust the sex ratio of animals to be released back to the HMA.

One 4-month-old foal with a severe leg deformity was euthanized.

Gathered: 103
Death: 1, Total deaths at gather corrals: 22

Wednesday,
July 21
The emergency rescue gather of wild horses in the Owyhee HMA has ended.  The gather site is being moved to a new location in the Squaw Valley area within the Rock Creek HMA.
Tuesday,
July 20

The Oywhee HMA immediate emergency rescue gather ended today.  The contractor relocating gather operations to the Squaw Valley area within the Rock Creek and Little Humboldt HMAs.  Two animals were euthanized due to pre-existing water starvation/dehydration related complications.

Three branded estray horses were turned over to the Nevada State Brand Inspector.

121 animals shipped today: 41 mares, 7 young studs, and 4 foals to PVC, 69 studs to Gunnison facility.  All animals have been shipped.

Gathered: 0
Deaths: 2, Total deaths at gather corrals: 21
Shipped: 121

Monday,
July 19

Emergency rescue gather operations continue with the contractor bringing in 22 animals: 6 studs, 13 mars and 3 foals.  It appears that these animals have been drinking the water the BLM hauled to water troughs and a reservoir.

One horse died at the holding corrals as the result of a broken neck.

120 animal were shipped:  33 studs to Gunnison, 64 mares and 23 foals to PVC.

Gathered: 22
Shipped: 120
Deaths: 1, Total deaths at gather corrals: 19

Sunday,
July 18

Emergency rescue gather operations continue and by noon 142 animals, including 62 studs, 57 mares and 23 foals were gathered.

The BLM is conducting daily fixed wing aerial reconnaissance to locate the bands and document the on-ground conditions of the wild horses and the public lands.  BLM specialists have reported seeing some horses down in certain areas within the Owyhee HMA. 

One horse died from neck injuries sustained in the temporary holding corral.

37 studs were shipped to the Gunnison facility today;  92 animals, 50 mares and 42 foals were shipped to PVC.

Gathered: 142 (as of noon)  
Deaths: 1, Total deaths at gather corrals: 18

Shipped: 129, Total shipped: 370

Saturday,
July 17

Emergency rescue gather operations began at 6:30 a.m., and by 8:30 a.m., 107 animals were gathered and temperatures were at 79 degrees F.  Emergency gathering continued during the day bringing in a total of 192 animals: 68 studs, 79 mares and 45 foals.  

One foal was found dead due to complications related to water starvation/dehydration.  One blind stud with broken teeth and two foals with deformed and crippled front legs with incurable lameness were euthanized. 

75 studs were shipped to Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah. The Utah State Veterinarian will be at the facility to check the animals on arrival.

Gathered: 192  
Deaths: 4, Total deaths at gather corrals: 17
(5-month-old colt, 25+ year-old stud, 3-month-old colt, 3-month-old colt)

Shipped: 112 (37 mares and foals to PVC; 75 studs to Gunnison)
Total shipped: 241

Friday,
July 16

Gather operations were suspended until early afternoon.  After the District Court Judge ruling lifted an emergency temporary restraining order and denied a request for a temporary restraining order the gather contractor brought in 54 animals, 18 studs; 26 mares; 10 foals.  

Gathered: 54

Thursday,
July 15

Gather operations continue to be suspended. BLM continues to provide food, water and veterinary care for the  wild horses in the on-site temporary holding corrals.  One stud was euthanized due to water intoxication following water starvation.

Gathered: 0 
Deaths: 1, Total deaths at gather corrals: 13
(3-year-old stud)

Wednesday,
July 14

Gather operations continue to be suspended.  The BLM continues to provide food, water and veterinary care for the 216 wild horses in the on-site temporary holding corrals. The health condition of the animals continues to stabilize. Given the overall improvement of the condition of the animals that were gathered last Saturday, the BLM today shipped three truckloads with 88 mares and 41 foals (129) to the Palomino Valley Center (PVC) regional adoption facility, located 20 miles north of Sparks. 

Gathered: 0 
Deaths: 0, Total deaths at gather corrals: 12
Shipped to PVC: 129 animals
Animals remaining at temporary holding corrals: 87

The wild horses on the Owyhee HMA are primarily in the Star Ridge area in the north and the Dry Creek area in the south. The Star Ridge group of wild horses is staying around a dry reservoir and making no attempt to move to the nearest water source, the South Fork of the Owyhee River about 10 miles away. These animals are considered at risk of dying from complications of water starvation/dehydration. While some of the Dry Creek group has recently watered, the BLM remains concerned and will continue to monitor the group.

The BLM installed six water troughs with a combined capacity of 3,000 gallons near and around a reservoir located about two to three miles from where the Star Ridge group is located, and used a water tanker to fill the troughs. If the wild horses do not independently travel to this water, the BLM will assess having the gather contractor use his helicopter to gently and slowly guide the animals toward the water with the hope that they will drink.

Photos of the Owyhee water holes, taken July 13, 2010.

Tuesday,
July 13

Continue to provide food, water and veterinary care for horses in temporary corrals.  The health of the animals appears to be stabilizing.  No deaths.

Gathered: 0
Deaths: 0, Total deaths at gather corrals: 12
Number in holding: 216

Monday,
July 12

Gather operations continue to be suspended.  Two more animals died and two were euthanized because of complications related to water starvation and water intoxication.

Necropsy/Veterinary Report

Gathered: 0
Deaths: 4, Total deaths at gather corrals: 12
(4-year-old stud, 4-year-old stud, 4-month-old colt, 3-year-old stud)

Sunday, 
July 11

Four horses were found dead in the temporary corrals this morning. They exhibited signs of colic and brain swelling, which was subsequently attributed to water starvation/dehydration and subsequent water intoxication.  Gather operations were suspended as BLM staff, the contractor and the on-site veterinarian began providing treatment to horses showing signs of water starvation/dehydration and water intoxication. During the day, three horses that didn't respond to treatment were euthanized.

Necropsy/Veterinary Report

Gathered: 0
Deaths: 7, Total deaths at gather corrals: 8
(3-year-old stud, 2-month-old colt, 6-year-old mare, 2-year-old stud, 5-month-old colt, 8-year-old mare, 6-year-old mare)

Saturday,
July 10

Start gather on Owyhee HMA at 6:30 a.m. By 9 a.m., the BLM contractor had gathered 228 horses, 91 studs, 92 mares, and 45 foals/colts. One group of 32 horses within one mile of the temporary gather corrals and a second group that was about 8 miles from the corrals.

On arrival BLM saw that the animals were "drawn up" or lacking fill from water.  They were otherwise in good conditon with most scoring 4 to 5 on the Henneke body condition scale. The animals were provided water and hay through the afternoon and evening.

One horse was euthanized shortly after being gathered due to a fractured leg that occurred in the temporary holding corrals.

Gathered: 228
Deaths: 1
(5-year-old mare)