Onaqui roundup ends with 435 wild horses captured, 1 killed

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Foals on the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area. RTF file photo by Meg Frederick.

The Bureau of Land Management on Sunday ended its helicopter roundup on the Onaqui Mountains Herd Management Area in Utah having captured 435 wild horses.

Ninety-one wild horses (35 stallions, 44 mares and 12 foals) were captured on the roundup’s final day, with no injuries reported.

One death was reported during the roundup:  A 4-year-old bay mare was euthanized on Friday after suffering a broken front left leg.

Return to Freedom believes conducting this roundup during foaling season was unconscionable. In all, 47 foals were captured.

This easily accessible herd should be managed on the range with safe, proven and humane fertility control.

The agency set out to capture 400 wild horses, removing 296 and release with fertility control 52 mares as well as releasing a similar number of studs. The BLM estimates the HMA’s population at 475 wild horses compared to the agency’s “Appropriate Management Level” of 121 to 210 horses.

Horse selected to be released back onto the HMA will be released from the trap site or shipped to Sutherland, Utah, Off-Range Contract Facility. The Sutherland facility is not open to the public.

Horses selected for removal and offered up for adoption and/or sale will be shipped to the Delta, Utah, Wild Horse & Burro Facility. Horses removed from the Onaqui gather will be available for adoption via the BLM Online Corral Adoption beginning in mid-October.