Salt Wells, Wyoming Roundup, Nov 22 - Dec 4, 2013

BLM Photo Courtesy of Colin E. Braley

From November 22 to December 4, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rounded up through helicopter stampedes 668 horses in the Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming's checkerboard area.

586 wild horses were permanently removed from their homes on the range in Wyoming. This roundup was conducted specifically to appease the ranchers of the the Rock Springs Grazing Association, who enjoy taxpayer-subsidized grazing on the public lands where the wild horses live.

Three horses were killed: A grey yearling mare that had a injury of the right front leg and hoof, a sorrel filly two-month-old stepped on at trap site causing broken left hind leg, and a two-year-old grey mare with a right hind leg and hoof deformity

Only 79 horses were returned to the range after all mares were treated with the PZP fertility vaccine. All horses were shipped to the Rock Springs Wild Horse Facility where most will live out their lives in corrals.

Pictured below are photos from Carol Walker of the horses captured, at their new home the day before snow and after in frigid conditions.

 

 

Photos From the Roundup: Rachel Reeves Photography

Resources:

BLM Daily Gather Reports

News:

Wild Horses: December is the Cruellest Month for Salt Wells Creek Part 1

Wild Horses: December is the Cruellest Month for Salt Wells Creek Part 2

Press Releases:

BLM to Begin Massive Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup to Appease Ranchers

BLM Warehousing Wild Horses in Rock Springs Holding without adequate windbreaks or shelter

Government Agrees to Wipe Out Wild Horses from Wyoming Checkerboard