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Checkerboard Areas of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas


2014Synopsis

Monday
September 15

Animals gathered and removed: 16

Two helicopters gathered six mares, six studs and four colts at the Bitter Creek #1 Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Tuesday
September 16

Animals gathered and removed: 63

Two helicopters gathered 24 mares, 20 studs and 19 colts at the Bitter Creek #2 Trap in the Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Wednesday
September 17

Animals gathered and removed: 36

For the first part of the day, two helicopters gathered 15 mares, 13 studs and 8 colts at the Bitter Creek #2 Trap in the Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Animal deaths:

Cause: A yearling bay colt was found dead in a short-term holding pen. The necropsy revealed an acute neck injury likely the result of running into a panel during the night.

Thursday
September 18

Animals gathered and removed: 64

One helicopter gathered 23 mares, 29 studs and 12 colts at the Black Rock Trap in the Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Animal deaths: 2 

Cause: A three-and-a-half month old black filly was found dead in a short-term holding pen. A necropsy was performed but the cause of death is undetermined.

Cause: A six-month-old brown colt collapsed in a horse trailer. The necropsy revealed that the colt had scar tissue and nodules on its lungs, indicating that it likely had pneumonia previously. Tissue has been sent for testing with results expected in several weeks.

Friday
September 19

Animals gathered and removed: 0

No wild horses were gathered or removed today because of difficulty moving them out of the Jim Bridger Coal Mine boundary. Stormy weather in the morning combined with high winds later in the day delayed the start and hastened the end of removal operations.

Animal deaths: 1

Cause: A 12-year-old grey stud had lameness associated with severe arthritis in both knees. Euthanized.

Saturday
September 20

Animals gathered and removed: 57

Two helicopters gathered 26 studs, 21 mares and 10 foals at the Black Rock Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Sunday
September 21

Animals gathered and removed: 0

No wild horses were gathered or removed today. Instead, the Bar X District Line Trap was set up in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area in preparation for Monday. Gusty winds, low light from overcast clouds and a chance for intermittent rain prevented removal operations later in the day.

Animal deaths: 1

Cause: A 25-year-old red roan stud had an enlarged left front ankle and chronic severe arthritis in both ankle and knee joints with poor prognosis for improvement. Euthanized.

Monday
September 22

Animals gathered and removed: 36

Two helicopters gathered 20 studs, 11 mares and 5 colts at the Bar X District Line Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Animal deaths: 2

Cause: A 28-year-old chestnut bay stud had an old injury and swelling to the left front knee and right hock. It also had severe muscle atrophy over the entire rump area due to nerve injury from a severely arthritic spine. Its Henneke score was 1.5. Euthanized. 

Cause: A 25-year-old black stud had swelling of both front knees from an old, degenerative injury. Both front feet were clubbed due to complications from the knee injuries, causing the leg tendons to shorten. Its Henneke score was 1.5. Euthanized.

Tuesday
September 23

Animals gathered and removed: 77

Two helicopters gathered 30 studs, 35 mares and 12 colts at the Bar X District Line Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Wednesday
September 24

Animals gathered and removed: 105

Two helicopters gathered 31 studs, 45 mares and 29 colts at the CR 19/CR 82 Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area. 

Thursday
September 25

Animals gathered and removed: 67

Two helicopters gathered 30 studs, 26 mares and 11 colts at the CR 19/CR 82 Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Animal deaths: 3

Cause: A foal bay stud gathered on September 24 was down in the morning but improved and was able to eat and drink. The foal was given penicillin but declined at the end of day and became recumbent. Euthanized.

Cause: A nine-year-old bay wet mare became recumbent and had a grand mal seizure lasting 15+ minutes. The mare did not respond to touch. Euthanized.

Cause: A four-year-old bay wet mare had a perianal fistula with bleeding and urine leakage from under the tail. The fistula was packed with feces and infected. The mare was septic with a Henneke score of 1.5. Euthanized.

Friday
September 26

Animals gathered and removed: 22

One helicopter gathered nine studs, seven mares and six colts at the Bridger Coal Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Saturday
September 27

Animals gathered and removed: 0

The Brooks Road Trap was prepared within the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Sunday
September 28

Animals gathered and removed: 0

Removal operations at the Brooks Road Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area were delayed due to inclement weather.

Monday
September 29

Animals gathered and removed: 0

Removal operations at the Brooks Road Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area were delayed due to inclement weather.

Tuesday
September 30

Animals gathered and removed: 0

Removal operations at the Brooks Road Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area were delayed due to inclement weather.

Wednesday
October 1

Animals gathered and removed: 87

Two helicopters gathered 27 studs, 40 mares and 20 colts at the Brooks Road Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Animal deaths: 1

Cause: An 18-year-old bay stud had a pre-existing injury. Its right front leg had broken and healed in a 45 degree rotation. There was massive swelling/fibrosis and the horse was walking on the inside of its right front hoof. Euthanized.

Thursday
October 2

Animals gathered and removed: 115

Two helicopters gathered 39 studs, 48 mares and 28 colts at the Brooks Road Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Friday
October 3

Animals gathered and removed: 90

Two helicopters gathered 38 studs, 37 mares and 15 colts at the Brady Plant Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Animal Deaths: 2

Cause: A seven-year-old black mare ran into a panel and broke her neck, dying instantly.

Cause: A six-year-old bay mare had severe scoliosis with extreme stunting. The mare’s spine was twisted 90 degrees counter-clockwise behind the withers, shortening the horse from nose to tail. Movement and foraging were difficult, resulting in poor body condition for her and her foal. Henneke score of 2.5. Euthanized.
Note: The mare’s chestnut foal was sent to the local veterinarian for surrogate pediatric care.

Saturday
October 4

Animals gathered and removed: 30

Two helicopters gathered 13 studs, 13 mares and 4 colts at the Holding Corral Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Sunday
October 5

Animals gathered and removed: 102

Two helicopters gathered 37 studs, 46 mares and 19 colts at the Haystacks Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Monday
October 6

Animals gathered and removed: 44

Two helicopters gathered 22 studs, 16 mares and 6 colts at the Haystacks Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Tuesday
October 7

Animals gathered and removed: 76

Two helicopters gathered 31 studs, 28 mares and 17 colts at the Eversole Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Wednesday
October 8

Animals gathered and removed: 129

Two helicopters gathered 38 studs, 1 branded gelding, 59 mares and 31 colts at the Eversole Trap in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area.

Animal Deaths: 1

Cause: A six-month-old sorrel stud colt ran into a panel at the temporary holding corral and broke its neck, dying instantly.

Thursday
October 9

Animals gathered and removed: 47

Two helicopters gathered 21 studs, 17 mares and 9 colts from the Adobe Town Herd Management Area at the Eversole Trap.


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