Total removed as of this am is (according to BLM) 256. Today aprox. 35-40 horses (have not reviewed all video) were taken from the range. (Considerable number branded) Total 5 deaths. I do not know how count will reflect the branded animals.
Several horses were removed today from the range that had an “AH” brand. It appears that two foals were among those in that group as well as a very pregnant mare. The BLM PAO with me did not recognize that as any brand used by BLM for marking PZP treated animals. It should be noted that the group arrived sweaty, steaming and several horses slipped during loading and transport.
Roads extremely bad, flooded from heavy rains and rutted from repetitive heavy trailer traffic.
Last load had young colt loaded with adults without using divider. Roundup called early with no reason given.
Observation to assess processing is non-existent.
It is apparent that in spite of the issues that have arisen with the drives and loading that BLM (here) is insisting that there is nothing wrong with their practices. BLM is continuing to insist that if they stopped (to create a humane care policy for example) that these horses will die due to drought conditions etc. No alternative appears to be considered for discussion here but “SNAFU.”
Images below of todays operation. Video edit of roundup to date in progress. Weather is expected to turn bad again tomorrow.