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2019 Onaqui Wild Horse Gather

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Begins: September 11, 2019

Ends: September 19, 2019

Overview:

The BLM will gather approximately 200 horses from state, private, U.S. Forest Service, and BLM lands. The appropriate management level for this HMA is 121-210 animals and the current population exceeds 510 (not including foals born in 2019). Gather updates and information will be posted at: http://bit.ly/Onaqui. Anyone interested can get updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #OnaquiGather. To learn more about how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at www.blm.gov/whb or call (866) 468-7826. Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low-flying helicopters. 

Horses removed from the range will be transported to the Delta Wild Horse Facility in Delta, Utah. The facility will be closed beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Tuesday, Sept. 24 to allow the horses to settle and acclimate before being prepared for the BLM’s adoption and sale program.

The recreational use of drones is discouraged from Johnson Pass south to Lookout Pass, and from Highway 36 west to the Hatch Ranch Road; south of Erickson Pass near the Juab County line; five miles north of the Juab County line on the southwest side of the Simpson Mountains west to the Thomas Range and south to the Brush Wellman Highway. Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.

Public Observation

Opportunities are available for the public to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours so long as conditions remain safe for both the horses and participants, and ensuring that gather operations are not disrupted.  Observers must provide their own transportation, water, and food. No public restrooms will be available. The BLM recommends weather-appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and four-wheel drive or other high-clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended. To protect the wild horses and the horse gather operations, no drones will be allowed to be flown in the vicinity of the gather sites. Details on the BLM-escorted tours will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at (801) 539-4050.

Those interested in observing on Wednesday, Sept. 11 should meet at the northeast end of the Walmart parking lot located at 99 West 1280 North in Tooele, Utah, where tours will depart at 6 a.m. MDT. Please note that there will be no public observation on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 while removing horses from Dugway Proving Grounds, due to military security restrictions. For additional information on participating in public observation days, contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435) 743-3128 or lreid@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Lisa Reid. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

Gather Reports

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Summary: Ninety-one horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 5's and 6's. There were 45 members of the public viewing the event. One mare was humanely euthanized after severely injuring herself after gather operations.  

Animals gathered: 91(33 stallions, 40 mares, 18 foals)
Animals shipped: 90
 

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Summary: Twenty four horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 5's. There were 8 members of the public viewing the event.  

Animals gathered: 24 (10 stallions, 10 mares, 4 foals)
Animals shipped: 24
 

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Summary: No horses were gathered today. There were 13 members of the public viewing the event. 

Animals gathered: 0
Animals shipped: 0
 

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Summary: Thirty nine horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 4's and 5's. There were no members of the public viewing the event. One mare was humanely euthanized after breaking a leg after gather operations.  One domestic mule was captured and delivered as an estray to Tooele County Sherriffs Department.  

Animals gathered: 39 (16 stallions, 16 mares, 5 foals)
Animals shipped: 37

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Summary: Seven horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 3's, 4's and 5's. There were no members of the public viewing the event. 

Animals gathered: 7 (1 stallion, 4 mares, 2 foals)
Animals shipped: 7

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Monday, September 16, 2019

Summary: Twenty six horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 4's and 5's. There were 7 members of the public viewing the event. 

Animals gathered: 26 (13 stallions, 8 mares, 5 foals)
Animals shipped: 26

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Summary: Sixteen horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 4's and 5's, with the exception of one 2. There were 4 members of the public viewing the event. 

Animals gathered: 16 (6 stallions, 7 mares, 3 foals)
Animals shipped: 16

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Summary: Six horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 5's. There were 2 members of the public viewing the event. 

Animals gathered: 6 (2 stallions, 3 mares, 1 foals)
Animals shipped: 6

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Summary: Thirty two horses were gathered today. Body scores of the horses were 4's and 5's. There was 1 member of the public viewing the event. Today was the last day of the gather.

Animals gathered: 32 (8 stallions, 17 mares, 7 foals)
Animals shipped: 32

Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Quicklinks

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Onaqui HMA

Cumulative Totals 

Animals Gathered 

241

Animals Returned to Home Range

0

Animal Deaths

2