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2018 Antelope Valley and Goshute Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather

This gather is complete.

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office will begin an emergency wild horse water gather on or about September 18,  in the Antelope Valley and Goshute Herd Management Areas (HMA), as there is not enough water and forage to support the number of horses in the area. The gather will be conducted using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used. The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 900 excess wild horses.

Details of Gather

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office will begin an emergency wild horse water gather on or about September 18,  in the Antelope Valley and Goshute Herd Management Area (HMA), as there is not enough water and forage to support the number of horses in the area. The gather will be conducted using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used. The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 900 excess wild horses.

The current population estimate for the Antelope Valley HMA is 1,755 wild horses with an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 155-259 wild horses. The 2018 population estimates for the Antelope Valley HMA 1,755 wild horses. The AML for the Goshute HMA is 74-123 wild horses with an estimated population of 1,429 wild horses. Which is eight times the combined high range of the AML.  The water resources in these areas are experiencing quickly diminishing water flows and wild horses from the Antelope Valley and Goshute HMA’s are relying on Dolly Varden spring for survival.

Public Observation

The BLM will conduct this operation by using temporary water and bait traps consisting of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay; no helicopters will be used.  Because of the nature of the bait and water trap method, wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity; therefore, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during operations.

Adoption Information

The horses identified for removal will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Fallon, Nev., where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.  For information on how to adopt a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Background

The current population estimate for the Antelope Valley HMA is 1,755 wild horses with an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 155-259 wild horses. The 2018 population estimates for the Antelope Valley HMA 1,755 wild horses. The AML for the Goshute HMA is 74-123 wild horses with an estimated population of 1,429 wild horses. Which is eight times the combined high range of the AML.  The water resources in these areas are experiencing quickly diminishing water flows and wild horses from the Antelope Valley and Goshute HMA’s are relying on Dolly Varden spring for survival.

Excess wild horses have utilized the Dolly Varden springs (private land) due to the limited water resources available on public lands. During the summer and fall months water resources within the Antelope Valley and Goshute HMAs provide limited water for wild horse-use.  Horses have been documented trailing between the Goshute HMA and Antelope Valley HMA to water at Dolly Varden springs. 

Gather Reports

October 2, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high 60's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 2 (Studs 1, Mares 1)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 36 (Studs 11, Mares 10, Foals 15)

   Acute: 0

   Chronic/Pre-existing:1

Deaths:

4-month-old, Black, foal, BCS 1.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, emaciation and weakness.  


October 1, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in mid 70's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 30 (Studs 9, Mares 10, Foals 11)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 40 (Studs 13, Mares 19, Foals 8)

   Acute: 1 

   Chronic/Pre-existing:0

Deaths:

 

 5 year old black mare BCS 2, died after hitting a panel, apparently braking her neck

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.


September 30, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in mid 70's, overnight lows mid 30's.  No horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 22 (Studs 6, Mares 11, Foals 5)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 0

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing:0

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

 


September 29, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in mid 80's, overnight lows mid 30's.  Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 44 (Studs 23, Mares 11, Foals 10)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 37 (Studs 15, Mares 11, Foals 11)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing:0

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:


September 28, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in mid 80's, overnight lows mid 30's.  Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 52 (Studs 21, Mares 20, Foals 11)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 87 (Studs 29, Mares 36, Foals 22)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 3

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

4-year-old, bay, mare, BCS 2.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to starvation, and severe weakness.

3-year-old, sorrel mare, BCS 2.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to starvation, and severe weakness.

5-year-old, sorrel, mare, BCS 1.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to starvation, and severe weakness.


September 27, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high 70's, overnight lows mid 30's.  Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 59 (Studs 24, Mares 22, Foals 13)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 76 (Studs 33, Mares 30, Foals 13)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

12-year-old, sorrel, mare, BCS 2.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, and severe weakness.


September 26, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high 70's, overnight lows mid 30's. No Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 72 (Studs 30, Mares 30, Foals 12)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 0

   Acute: 1 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

 5-year-old, grulla, mare, BCS 2.5, died after hitting a panel, apparently braking her neck. 


September 25, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high 70's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 72 (Studs 22, Mares 32, Foals 18)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 72 (Studs 22, Mares 31, Foals 19)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

3 year-old, sorrel, mare, BCS 2.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, emaciation and weakness.


September 24, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high 70's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 118 (Studs 49, Mares 46, Foals 23)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 86 (Studs 21, Mares 43, Foals 22)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

20-plus-year-old, sorrel, stud, BCS 1.25, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, emaciation and weakness.

10-year-old, palomino, stud, BCS 3.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, blindness.


September 23, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high 70's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 118 (Studs 49, Mares 46, Foals 23)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 86 (Studs 21, Mares 43, Foals 22)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

4-year-old, dun, mare, BCS 1.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, emaciation and weakness.

5-year-old, sorrel, mare, BCS 1.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, emaciation and weakness.

 


September 22, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in mid 80's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 33 (Studs 20, Mares 6, Foals 7)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 39 (Studs 26, Mares 6, Foals 7)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

11-year-old, sorrel, stud, BCS 3.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, blindness.

 


September 21, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in low 80's, overnight lows mid 30's. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 101 (Studs 45, Mares 40, Foals 16)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 127 (Studs 72, Mares 40, Foals 15)

   Acute: 1 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.

Deaths:

4-month-old, bay, foal, BCS 1.0, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070, due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to pre-existing condition, starvation, emaciation and weakness.

5-year-old, bay, stud, BCS 2.5, died after hitting a panel, apparently breaking his neck.  


September 20, 2018

Summary: Gather operations continued today with sunny skies and temperatures in high seventies, overnight lows mid thirties. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 106 (Studs 52, Mares 32, Foals 22)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 93(Studs 39, Mares 32, Foals 22)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger. 


September 19, 2018

Summary: Gather operations began today with sunny skies and temperatures in high seventies, overnight lows mid thirties. Horses were shipped today.

Animals gathered: 104 (Studs 39, Mares 43, Foals 22)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0

Animals shipped: 78 (Studs 13, Mares 43, Foals 22)

   Acute: 0 

   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger. 

Today's Totals

October 2, 2018

Total Gathered 2 (Studs 1, Mares 1)

Shipped 36 (Studs 11, Mares 10, Foals 15) 

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger. 

Cumulative Totals

Animals Gathered

Total 902(Studs 376, Mares 339, Foals 187)

Animals Shipped

Shipped 887 (Studs 359, Mares 337, Foals 191)

Animal Deaths

Pre-existing Conditions: 12

Acute: 3

Notes:  All horses counted as foals are 1 year and younger.