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2017 Adobe Town Wild Horse Gather

Gather start date: Approximately mid-February

A group of wild horses on the range.

Purpose of Gather:Wild Horse and Burro Logo

The BLM Wyoming, Rawlins Field Office is undertaking a new research project with the University of Wyoming (UW) to study wild horses in Southwest Wyoming.

The purpose of the research is to enable UW to assist the BLM with learning about seasonal movements, habitat selection and migration between Adobe Town Herd Management Area (ATHMA) and the Colorado border as well as between the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Herd Management Areas.

The BLM Rawlins Field Office entered into a two-year agreement with the University of Wyoming’s Department of Wildlife Habitat Restoration Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  

The research will allow the BLM to make better informed decisions regarding where in the HMA horses should be released following gathers of horses that have strayed from the ATHMA. 

Details of Gather:

The horses will be gathered using bait-trapping. Bait-trapping involves a free-standing corral with an attractant located inside to lure in the wild horses. The attractant can be water, feed, or supplement. When wild horses become accustomed to the trap and enter, the gate can be closed remotely by contractor.  Once captured, the mares will be collared and then released.

Public Observation: 

Viewing opportunities will be limited given the nature of this gather. Also, there is no way to predict which days will actually result in trapping horses. On most days trapping will not occur.

Public viewing will be allowed at the release sites of the collared mares.  We’ll keep a list of people that would like to attend the releasing of the collared mares and  notify them at least one day prior to the releases.  Media and interested public could see and photograph the mare(s) being released with the gps collars.   Contact Tony Brown at 307-352-0215 or agbrown@blm.gov  if interested.

Public viewing is always allowed at the wild horse holding facility overlook in Rock Springs.

Adoption Information: 

No horses will be permanently removed from the HMA as a result of this gather. Find upcoming adoption events for wild horses in your area.

Background:

The results of this research will help BLM improve their management decisions in HMAs. The use of GPS collars on the 30 Adobe Town mares will give BLM insight on (1) how these horses move into, though, and across the public-private land; (2) how horses select rangeland’s resources across seasons; and (3) how porous or not-porous the Colorado-Wyoming state line is for horses.

Once the horses have been collared, they will be returned to the HMA and data collection would begin over an 18 month period.  BLM and the University of Wyoming will conduct field checks during this period.

The Adobe Town HMA is within AML so no horses will be removed. All gathered horses will be returned to the HMA. Learn more about the Adobe Town HMA. 


Gather Reports

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Summary:

(Area B) 11 wild horses were gathered.

Animals gathered:  11
Animals shipped:  11
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Friday, February 24, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Summary:

(Area B) released 23 wild horses from the temporary corral today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) released six wild horses today from the temporary holding corral.

(Area B) one collared mare and two wild horses were released today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) three collared mares were released today.

 (Area A) Contractor (Sampson) captured two wild horses. The horses were transported to the holding corral.

Animals gathered:  2
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Summary:

Today, four mares were collared at Rock Springs Holding Facility. Mares will be return to Adobe Town HMA on either Feb. 20 or 21.

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) captured three wild horses. The horses were transported to the holding corral.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) captured three wild horses. The horses were transported to a holding corral.

Animals gathered:  6
Animals shipped:  2
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses were gathered today.

Four mares will be collared on Friday.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Summary:

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) shipped five mares to Rock Springs Holding Facility.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  5
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses collected today in areas A and B.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Monday, February 13, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) captured two wild mares. The mares were transported to the holding corral in Rock Springs.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) captured two wild horses. The horses were transported to a holding corral.

Animals gathered:  4
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Summary:

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) captured 12 wild horses. The horses were transported to a holding corral.

(Area A) One mare and five other wild horses released today.

(Area B) Three mares were released today.

Animals gathered:  12
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses captured. 

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Friday, February 10, 2017

Summary:

No wild horses captured. 

Today nine wild horses were evaluated;  eight were mares, of those, four were selected for GPS collars that will be released on Sunday, Feb 12.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) captured three wild horses and they were transported to a holding corral. One mare was shipped to the Rock Springs Holding Facility.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) shipped eight mares to the Rock Springs Holding Facility.

Animals gathered:  3
Animals shipped:  9
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) captured one wild horse which was transported to a holding corral.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) captured five wild horses . They were transported to a holding corral.

Animals gathered:  6
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) captured two wild horses. The horses were transported to a holding corral.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) captured 12 wild horses . They were transported to a holding corral.

Animals gathered:  14
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Monday, February 6, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) started setting up panels at one location.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) captured four horses today. They were transported to a holding corral.

Animals gathered:  4
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Summary:

(Area A) Contractor (Sampson) notified BLM today that two bait sites were visited by wild horses. Contractors will be setting up panels at those two locations.

(Area B) Contractor (Warner) set up panels at one bait location.  28 wild horses were in the immediate area.  18 wild horses were in the panels at one time but 3 were still outside. The contractor chose not to close the gate until all horses were in cleanly, which resulted with no horses captured today.

Animals gathered:  0
Animals shipped:  0
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

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A death labeled as "acute" is when an animal dies or is euthanized due to acute injuries or medical conditions brought about by the gather and removal process including those that occur during capture, sorting and holding at the gather site. This term will include animals that die for known or unknown reasons thought to be related to gather activities. 

A death labeled as "chronic/pre-existing" is when an animal dies or is euthanized for reasons related to chronic or pre-existing conditions such as body condition, lameness, serious physical defects, etc. This term will include animals that are euthanized for conditions not brought about by the gather activity.

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Today's Totals

Animals Gathered
0

Animals Treated with Fertility Control
0

Animals Returned to Home Range
0

Animal Deaths
0

Cumulative Totals

Animals Gathered
62

Animals Treated with Fertility Control
0

Animals Returned to Home Range
41

Animal Deaths*
0

*Includes non-gather related deaths. See details in "Gather Reports"

Downloads

Official gather documents can be accessed on ePlanning here

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