2018 Cedar Mountain Wild Horse Gather

Begins: July 13, 2018

Ends: TBD

Purpose of Gather:Wild Horse and Burro Logo

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office will begin an emergency wild horse gather in the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA), located in Tooele County, Utah approximately 50 miles west of Tooele. The BLM plans to remove approximately 250 wild horses from the HMA near the Cochran, Cedar, and Brown Springs, due to reduced spring flow and a lack of available water.

Details of Gather:

The BLM will use water traps, consisting of corral panels enclosing the water sources, during the gather; no helicopters will be used. Because wild horses are reluctant to approach water traps when there is too much human activity, only essential gather personnel will be allowed at the gather sites during operations, and the public is asked not to recreate or travel near these areas until trapping operations are completed.

The HMA has an estimated population of 670 horses and encompasses approximately 197,275 acres of public land. The current estimated HMA population is based on a March 2018 population survey and does not include 2018 foals. The appropriate management level for the HMA has been established at 190-390 wild horses.

 

Background:  

“We are very concerned about the health and welfare of these horses,” said Field Manager Matt Preston. “Two of the primary springs in the HMA are producing less water than they have for years. With approximately 100 wild horses attempting to get water from these springs daily, conditions are becoming unsustainable. This emergency gather will ensure that the horses remaining on the range will be able to survive.”

Horses removed from the range will be transported to the Delta Wild Horse Facility in Delta, Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for adoption. The facility will be closed to the public throughJuly 31 to allow staff members at the facility to assist with gather operations.

To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at www.blm.gov/whb or call (866) 468-7826.

 

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Gather Reports

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summary: Thirty-seven horses were gathered today. Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.   One horse was humanely euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a broken right knee with limited mobility.  Another horse was euthanized due to neurologic dysfunction signs after coliding with a panel during capture. No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites

Animals gathered: 37 (14 stallions, 17 mares, 6 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 35 (13 stallions, 6 mares, 6 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  2
Acute: 1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summary: Forty-two horses were gathered today. Still dry even though a thunderstorm came through last night; Nighttime High 60.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.   One horse was humanely euthanized today due to broken front left pasturn while loading. No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites

Animals gathered: 43 (21 stallions, 20 mares, 2 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 42 (20 stallions, 20 mares, 2 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summary: Twenty-two horses were gathered today. Still dry. Nighttime High 60.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites

Animals gathered: 28 (14 stallions, 10 mares, 4 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 28 (14 stallions, 10 mares, 4 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summary: Thirty-four horses were gathered today. Extremely dry. Nighttime High 70's.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites. Two horses  were humanely euthanized today with pre-existing broken front left knees which resulted in limited mobility. 

Animals gathered: 34 (15 stallions, 15 mares, 4 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 34 (15 stallions, 15 mares, 4 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  2
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summary: Nine horses were gathered today. Extremely dry. Nighttime High 70's.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites

Animals gathered: 9 (2 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 9 (2 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Friday, July 20, 2018

Summary: Ten horses were gathered today. Extremely dry. Nighttime High 60's.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites

Animals gathered: 10 (6 stallions, 3 mares, 1 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 10 (6 stallions, 3 mares, 1 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summary: Six horses were gathered today. Extremely dry. Nighttime High 70's.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites

Animals gathered: 6 (2 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 6 (2 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Friday, July 27, 2018

Summary: Three horses were gathered today. Extremely dry with some light rain and lightning; Nightime temps in low 60's.   Body scores of horses were mostly 3's and 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites.  The captured foal belonged to one of the mares captured on 7/26.  Mare and foal were paired up at the facility and are doing well. 

Animals gathered: 3 (2 stallions, 0 mares, 1 foals) 

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 3 (2 stallions, 0 mares, 1 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summary: Five horses were gathered today. Extremely dry. Nightime temps in low 60's.   Body scores of horses were mostly 4's.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites.  

Animals gathered: 5 (1 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals) 

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 5 (1 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Summary: One horse was gathered today. Extremely dry. Nightime temps in low 60's.   Body score of 4.  No public or media are allowed at the trap-sites.  

Animals gathered: 1 (1 stallion, 0 mares, 0 foals) 

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
Animals shipped: 1 (1 stallion, 0 mares, 0 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  0
Acute: 0
Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Quicklinks

Cedar Mountain HMA

Planning Documents

Press Release

CUMULATIVE TOTALS

Animals Gathered
170

Animals Returned to Home Range
0

Animal Deaths
5