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Gather Reports


Date/2013Comments
Sunday,
Aug. 4

Summary:  The gather ended today after capturing 14 wild horses under clear skies with temperatures at 70 degrees.  The BCS of the mares gathered today are in the 2.5 to 3.0 range, and the BCS of the captures studs today are in the range 3.0 to 4.0. There were no visitors at the gather today.

One 2-month-old, grulla-colored male was found dead at temporary holding this morning. He was captured on Aug. 3.

There were 3 incidents with foals today: 2 foals were roped and brought in safely; 1 very young foal was brought in on the helicopter. All 3 were reunited with their mares.

Animals gathered: 14 (6 studs, 6 mares, 2 foals)
Animals shipped:  104 
Animal deaths:   1 
Acute: 1
Cause: 
 A necropsy performed by the on-site veterinarian confirmed the foal death was due to water intoxication.
Chronic/pre-existing: 0

Saturday,
Aug. 3

Summary:  The contractor gathered 92 wild horses today. Temperatures during gather operations were 68 degrees to 85 degrees with clear skies. The Henneke Body Condition Score of the animals gathered today is 2.5 to 3.0 for the mares and 3.0 to 4.0 for the studs. There were 2 visitors at the gather. The visitors were offered a tour of the temporary holding corrals, but declined.

There were 3 animals deaths today. Additionally a palomino hit the panels within the trap but no injuries were noted after an inspection by the  APHIS veterinarian.

Animals gathered: 92 (24 studs, 56 mares, 12 foals)
Animals shipped:  95

Animal deaths: 3 
 
Acute:   2 
Cause:  7-year-old sorrel mare, captured Aug. 2 was euthanized this morning due to a fractured hind leg sustained while in the trap when another horse kicked her. 9-year-old sorrel mare, captured Aug. 3 ran into the panels of the holding corral and died of a fractured neck.
Chronic/pre-existing:  1
Cause:  15-year-old sorrel mare, captured Aug. 2 was euthanized due to blindness in one eye and was hazardous to work.

Friday, 
Aug. 2

Summary:  Using two helicopters, the gather contractor was able to bring in 97* wild horses today. Temperatures during gather operations were 65 to 70 degrees under sunny skies and light winds. The Henneke Body Condition Score of the animals gathered today is 2.5 for mares and 4.0 average for the studs. 

There were nine visitors at gather operations. One foal was roped and reunited with it's mare. One foal was treated for sore feet. The hot shot was used one time each on two different stallions after all other means were exhausted.

*Correction: On the morning of Aug. 3, 95 horses were counted during loading for shipping, and 2 horses were kept at temporary holding. The total captured on Friday is adjusted to 97 animals.

Animals gathered: *97 (corrected Aug. 3)
Animals shipped:  0 

Animal deaths:   0 
Acute: 0
Cause: 
  none
Chronic/pre-existing: 0
Cause:   
none

Thurs., Aug. 1

Summary:  Contractor set up gather trapsite and corrals.

Animals gathered:   0
Animals shipped:  0 
Gather related animal deaths:   0 
Cause:   none
Non-gather related animal deaths:   0
Cause:   none


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Today's Status
Aug. 4, 2013

Animals
Gathered

Animals
Returned to
Home Range

Animal
Deaths


 

14

0

1

Cumulative Totals
since Aug. 2

Animals
Gathered

Animals
Returned to
Home Range

Animal
Deaths


 

203

0

4