A contractor's helicopter forces wild horses into the trap on Thanksgiving Day. File photo by Steve Paige.

A contractor’s helicopter forces wild horses into the trap on Thanksgiving Day. File photo by Steve Paige.

 

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Seventy-eight wild horses were captured during the ongoing Owyhee Complex helicopter roundup in Northern Nevada on Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The 38 mares, 24 studs and 16 foals bring the total number of wild horse captured since Nov. 2, when the roundup began, to 1,603. Seventeen horses have died.

Humane observers were not allowed to view Wednesday’s trapping, which took place on private land.

During this second phase of the roundup, BLM plans to capture 920 wild horses and remove 650 from the range. During the first phase, 770 wild horses (297 studs, 329 mares, 144 foals) were captured.

So far, 198 wild horses have been returned to the range, including 94 mares treated with fertility control vaccine, according to BLM. Twenty-nine mares were treated with fertility control on Wednesday, but they have not yet been released.

Captured wild horses — including 30 on Wednesday — are being transported from temporary holding to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center near Reno, Nevada. Horses that are not adopted will later be taken to BLM off-range pastures.

BLM justifies the roundup as an effort to “remove excess wild horses in order to prevent further deterioration of Greater Sage grouse habitat within the Sagebrush Focal Area (in northern Elko and Humboldt Counties. Overpopulation of wild horses leads to the degradation of rangeland resources, which adversely impacts habitat for other species as well as the horses themselves.”

 

Previously: 

Owyhee update: 11 wild horses captured, 17th dies, as roundup resumes, Nov. 30, 2016

Owyhee update: Weather postpones Sunday helicopter roundup, Nov. 28, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Number of wild horses captured tops 1,500, Nov. 27, 2016

Owyhee roundup: 108 wild horses captured, Nov. 26, 2016

Owyhee roundup: 121 more wild horses captured on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, 2016

Owyhee roundup: On day with public access six wild horses captured, Nov. 23, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Three wild horses euthanized, Nov. 22, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Death toll rises to 13 wild horses, Nov. 21, 2016

Owyhee roundup: 140 wild horses captures; three more die, Nov. 20, 1016

Owyhee roundup: 140 wild horses captured, another dies, Nov. 19, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Second phase begins without public observation, Nov. 18, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Phase ends with release of 45 mares, Nov. 16, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Two wild horses die, 42 released, Nov. 15, 2016

Owyhee roundup: First phase nears end with 32 more wild horses captured, Nov. 14, 2016

Owyhee roundup: 70 more wild horses captured, Nov. 13, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Total wild horses captured tops 600, Nov. 12, 2016

Owyhee roundup: 114 more Nevada wild horses captured, Nov. 7, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Third Nevada wild horse dies, 128 more captured, Nov. 6, 2016

Owyhee roundup continues: 36 wild horses captured, Nov. 5, 2016

Owyhee roundup: Two Nevada wild horses dead, 122 captured, Nov. 4, 2016

BLM to roundup hundreds of horses from Nevada’s Owyhee Complex, Oct. 25, 2016