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2019 Challis HMA Wild Horse Gather

Gather Complete 11/5/19-11/11/19

Challsi Herd Management Area

Background:

The Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) encompasses over 168,700 acres and has an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 185 - 253 wild horses.

Purpose of Gather:

The BLM Challis Field Office removed wild horses within the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) to reduce overpopulation. Prior to the start of the gather, the population was estimated to be around 429 animals within and directly outside of the Challis HMA. Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions

Details of Gather:

The gather using the helicopter-assisted method was conducted on November 5-11, 2019. The BLM planned to gather approximately 365 wild horses and remove approximately 244 excess wild horses. The BLM gathered 295 wild horses from public lands during gather operations. Those mares that will be released back to the range were treated with fertility control. Approximately 185 wild horses will remain in the HMA following completion of the gather.

The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild horse gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered. The BLM and its contractors used the best available science and handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.

Public Observation: 

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Visitation Protocol

Adoption Information: 

All horses identified for removal were transported to the Bruneau Wild Horse Off-Range Corral facility in Bruneau, Idaho, where they were be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program. Wild horses that received fertility control vaccines will be held temporarily in the Challis Off-Range Corral Facility in Challis before being returned to the HMA.

Daily Gather Reports


November 5, 2019

Summary: 
Temps 24-45 degrees

Animals Gathered:
66 (21 stallions, 2 geldings, 32 mares, 11 foals)

Animals Shipped:
26 (8 stallions, 2 geldings, 16 mares, 0 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
5's

Total Deaths Today:
0

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November 6, 2019

Summary:
Temps 24-45 degrees

Animals Gathered:
78 (31 stallions, 3 geldings, 33 mares, 11 foals)

Animals Shipped:
72 (28 stallions, 3 geldings, 30 mares, 11 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
5's

Total Deaths Today:
0

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November 7, 2019

Summary:
Temps 20-45 degrees

Animals Gathered:
52 (18 stallions, 2 geldings, 25 mares, 8 foals)

Animals Shipped:
60 (19 stallions, 2 geldings, 28 mares, 11 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
4-5

Total Deaths Today:
0

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November 8, 2019

Summary:
Temps 20-45 degrees

Animals Gathered:
39 (20 stallions, 4 geldings, 8 mares, 7 foals)

Animals Shipped:
54 (22 stallions, 4 geldings, 20 mares, 8 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
4-5

Total Deaths Today:
0

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November 9, 2019

Summary:
Temps 20-50 degrees

Animals Gathered:
32 (12 stallions, 1 gelding, 16 mares, 3 foals)

Animals Shipped:
42 (17 stallions, 1 gelding, 16 mares, 8 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
4-5

Total Deaths Today:
0

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November 10, 2019

Summary:
Temps 30-45 degrees and windy

Animals Gathered:
16 (7 stallions, 0 geldings, 7 mares, 2 foals)

Animals Shipped:
4 (1 stallion, 0 geldings, 3 mares, 0 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
4-5

Total Deaths Today:
Pre-existing: 2
Two mares with pre-existing conditions were euthanized by veterinarian

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November 11, 2019

Summary:
Temps 25-45 degrees

Animals Gathered:
11 (6 stallions, 2 geldings, 2 mares, 1 foal)

Animals Shipped:
37 (20 stallions, 2 geldings, 10 mares, 5 foals)

Henneke Body Score of Animals Gathered Today:
4-5

Total Deaths Today:
0

Cumulative Totals

Animals Gathered:
295 (115 stallions, 14 geldings, 123 mares, 43 foals)

Animals Released:
0

Animal Deaths:
2 (pre-existing)
Two mares with pre-existing conditions were euthanized by veterinarian

*Find details in Daily Gather Report below.