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Eleven wild horses were captured and one euthanized as the helicopter roundup in Northern Nevada’s Owyhee Complex resumed on Tuesday.
The capture of seven studs, two mares and two foals brings to 1,525 the number of wild horses rounded up since Nov. 2, when one of the largest roundups in recent history began.
Snow and ice caused postponed helicopter trapping on Sunday and Monday.
The Bureau of Land Management said that one wild horse was euthanized after suffering an injury in temporary holding. Seventeen horses have died during the roundup.
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.
Captured wild horses 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.”
Photographs from Tuesday, Nov. 29:
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