“Just One” Horse Died As Direct Result of July BLM Roundup in Idaho

A breezy account by Todd Allen in the “Challis [Idaho] Messenger” publication online describes the deadly outcome of a Bureau of Land Management “gather” in Challis, Idaho earlier this summer.

According to Allen, six horses died in the BLM “gather,” but “just one fatality”–a stallion who ran into a gate and broke his neck–can be “directly attributed” to the action by the BLM.  Three of the horses that died “had pre-existing conditions” that may have been “aggravated” by the stress of the “gather” and two horses “had genetic defects and were euthanized.”  Allen also reports that

There are nearly three times too many wild horses roaming the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) south of town, so the Bureau of Land Management has rounded up 364 and hopes to find good homes for two-thirds of them this month.

Absolutely no support is given for the statement that “three times too many” horses were in the Management Area, but the BLM decided 185 is the right number so it must be so.  Why 185 and not 186 or 184?  Who knows.

Also not addressed by the BLM is why the agency believes the “two-thirds” of horses will find “good homes” when the reported 30,000 or more in BLM holding pens have not.

At any rate, since when did “just one” death become an acceptable number?

Just one stallion runs into a gate in a panic and dies of a broken neck.

Just one foal is orphaned when its mother dies of a “pre-existing” heart condition that killed her when she had to run from a helicopter.

Just one pregnant mare aborts her baby due to the stress of a “gather.”

Just one herd of horses is exterminated slowly and deliberately.

Just one.

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