Owyhee Roundup-Week 3 (Dec. 9-15, 2012)

The BLM has captured more than 817 wild horses in the Owyhee Complex roundup currently underway in northern Nevada. Atleast 9 horses have been killed during this roundup. On Saturday (Dec 15) a 9-year-old stallion was killed due to a "pre-existing broken left leg" and on Friday (Dec 14) a 10-year-old stallion with a "clubbed foot" was killed. For a list of other horses killed during this roundup please click here.

The BLM used the same trap site for the first 17 days of this roundup, meaning that  that horses were stampeded into this site from long distances. Temperatures at the roundup are often below freezing, and steam is regularly seen rising off horses who are sweating --despite the cold temperatures -- from extreme physical exertion. (See the pictures below.) The BLM is using Sun J Livestock, Inc. as the contractor for the Owyhee roundup, and onsite observers, including an AWHPC videographer, have documented ongoing atrocities.

The BLM plans to capture 847 wild horses in this roundup, which is scheduled to either end or break on December 23.

For more on the Owyhee Complex roundup.

 

DAILY LOGS

Sunday. Dec 9
TOTAL Captured 97 horses (47 mares, 31 stallions, 19 foals)
temperatures hi: 38; low: 27

6:00a left meeting place

8:00a arrived at trap (helicopter already up & flying)
8:15a 30-40 brought into trap
9:20a 14 brought into trap
9:55a ~25 brought into trap
10:17a 12 brought into trap
10:17a refuled 
10:45a back up and flying
12:50p refueled
2:00p called   
COR: Kristine Dedolph
IC: Ed Sume, NM Las Cruces (in office)
APHIS vet: Dr. Smiley, Pennsylvania 
 
Monday, Dec 10
TOTAL Captured 42 horses (20 mares, 16 stallions, 6 foals)
Killed 3-year-old stallion due to "club foot"
temperatures hi: 30; low: 27
6:00a left meeting place
8:00a arrived at trap (helicopter already up & flying)
8:15a ~20 horses brought into trap
8:15a  refueled
9:40a ~21 horses brought into trap; wranglers go out on horse back
10:00a 1 roped foal brought in
10:00a refueled
10:20a helicopter left
12:00p helicoopter brought in due to mechanical issue
12:30p called   
COR: Kristine Dedolph
IC: Ed Sume, NM Las Cruces (in office)
APHIS vet: Dr. Smiley, Pennsylvania
 
Tuesday, Dec 11
no horses captured

no fly day due to mechical issues

shipped 66 horses to Litchfield, CA because PVC, NV is full.
 
Wednesday, Dec 12  (used different helicopter due to mechanical problems)
TOTAL Captuure 38 horses (14 mares, 15 stallions, 9 foals)
temperatures hi: 35; low: 28

6:00a left meeting place

7:20a arrived at temp; helicopter in the air
8:00a arrived at trap
10:00a refueled
11:00a ~12 horses (2 escaped); ~10 captured
11:20a ~12 horses brought in and captured
wranglers went out on horse back -- roped 2-year-old horse who was within 200 yards of trap
12:07p  6 horses brought in
12:15-12.45p refueled helicopter
1:30p helicopter was pushing 5 horses towards back end of trap then pushed horses north (as if there was a fence line) .. then helicopter left horses
1:30p  called
IC: Ed Sumes (in the office)
APHIS vet: Dr. Smiley, Pennsylvania
Lili Thomas on site all day at trap.
 
Thursday, Dec 13  *new trap site (2nd trapsite for this roundup)
TOTAL Captuure 67 horses (25 mares, 28 stallions, 13 foals)

6:00a left meeting place

8:00a arrived at new trap site
8:20a helicopter flys out from holding, lands and refuels
10:50a ~33 horses brought in and captured
12:00p  Helicopter switches back to Sun's older helicopter which previously had mechanical problems
1:30p ~34 horses brought in and captured; refueled.
A stallion came in with a limp, 1 horse falls in the wings of the trap.
 
Wranglers struggle to load horses into trailers for nearly two hours.
 
1:30p  called
3:15p Last horse is loaded into trailer
COR: Kristine Dedolph

IC: Ed Sumes (in the office)

APHIS vet: Dr. Smiley, Pennsylvania
Lili Thomas on site all day at trap.
 
On Thursday, a stallion with a "clubbed foot" was captured. This horse would later be killed.
 

Friday, Dec 14

TOTAL Captuure 38 horses
temperatures hi: 36; low: 27

6:00a left meeting place

8:00a arrived at temp; helicopter in the air
8:30a refueled
10:25a refueled
11:12a helicopter goes back up
12:50a refueled
2:30p  33 horses brought in
2:40p  1 foal roped by wranglers on horseback
2:444 horses brought in
2:44p  called
4:00p  finish loading horses on trailers
(it took 1 hour to load 38 horses, used electric prods)
COR: Kristine Dedolph
IC: Ed Sumes (in the office)
APHIS vet: Dr. Smiley, Pennsylvania
 
NOTES:  The helicopter spent a long time stampeding horses down into the valley where the trap site was located. When the horses came into sight of the observers, there were two groups of horses - a large group of ~33 horses and a smaller group of 5 horses. Instead of bringing in the group of ~33 horses into the trap, the pilot decided to try to get the 5 horses to be run with the ~33 horses.  The helicopter chased horses for approxiamtely 40 minutes trying to combine the two groups of horses -- this helicopter stampede ran horses on the face of a steep cliff! After this needless and inhumane chase, the ~33 horses came in separately from the 4 who were brought in later.
 
Once in the trap, wranglers used two electric prods repeatedly to load horses on the trailers. Electric prod was used ~10+ times on one single horse.

 

Saturday, Dec 14
TOTAL Captuure 70 horses (30 mares, 20 stallions, 20 foals)

6:00a left meeting place

8:00a arrived at trap
9:00a ~20 horses brought in and captured; helicopter refueled
10:45a  ~30 horses brought in and captured
 
11:15a  two wranglers went out to rope a foal; during the chase a horse with a wrangler falls hard to the ground throwing the wrangler off the horse. the horse walked away as the wrangler laid on the ground for five minutes (he was later reported as fine).
 
11:55a  10 horses were driven into the trap - during the stampede into the trap one horse fell in the a ditch (but got up and was captured). Helicopter refueled.
 
1:30p ~34 horses brought in and captured; refueled.
A stallion came in with a limp, 1 horse falls in the wings of the trap.
 
Wranglers struggle to load horses into trailers for nearly two hours.
 
2:00p called
3:15p Last horse is loaded into trailer
COR: Kristine Dedolph

IC: Ed Sumes (on site)

APHIS vet: Dr. Smiley, Pennsylvania
 
Sunday, Dec 16
no horses captured

no fly day due to weather

 
Monday, Dec 17
no horses captured

no fly day due to weather