The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reported the deaths of four wild horses connected with the roundup and removal in the Conger/Frisco Herd Management Areas of Utah:
July 1: A 2-year old stud died instantly after hitting a panel sustaining and acute neck injury while entering the trap site.
July 2: A 3-year old bay and white pinto mare died instantly after hitting a panel sustaining an acute neck injury while entering the trap site.
July 3: A sorrel stud colt was euthanized due to injuries sustained at the trap site holding pen. The foal was kicked in the mouth, fracturing its pallet.
July 4: A 10-year old dun mare died instantly after hitting a panel, sustaining an acute neck injury while being sorted out at the trap site. 
How long with these hideous roundups continue? Until no wild horses or burros are living on public lands is my guess. There appears to be at least a partial solution, and that is birth control. Here’s the argument for.
The Animal Fertility Control Information Center states:
“This isn’t atypical. Injuries and deaths among terrorized animals being chased down by helicopter are all too common.
“These roundups are both cruel and costly.
“The BLM said itself recently that the number of wild horses and burros on public land grew by 15 percent last year and the cost of caring for the 46,000 wild horses and burros that have been captured and placed in corrals and pastures will be about $1 billion over their lifetimes.
“Not only that, but BLM spends 70 percent of its $80 million Wild Horse and Burro Program budget on roundups and removals, which do nothing to slow population growth of animals on the range. In fact, the National Academy of Sciences has stated “removals are likely to keep the population at a size that maximizes population growth rates, which in turn maximizes the number of animals that must be removed through holding facilities.”
“So the roundups continue and populations grow in an endless cycle that costs both wild horses and taxpayers far too much.
“What’s even sadder is that BLM has an off-the-shelf solution that could help reduce the need for roundups and which has, indeed, ended roundups in some locations: humane, safe and effective fertility control vaccine. Yet the agency spends less than 1 percent of its wild horse and burro budget on this approach.
“Three dozen wild horse advocacy organizations support using fertility control a way to reduce roundups.”* 
*We are not on that list.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Birth control gives the appearance of being a solution and it has eliminated some roundups. But roundups will continue with or without birth control because of special interest groups who push our wild equines off of the US’s public lands specifically designated for them. Cattle ranchers still remain at the top of that list but a host of others are hot on their heels.
It appears that birth control can help to a degree. But are we any closer to understanding how these birth control measures impact the mares over the long term and herd numbers?
The use of chemical birth control methods is certainly mild compared to the obvious horrors of spaying in the field.
Remember this. There are more deaths associated with roundups than what you have read here today.
Wild horses are still being dumped into the slaughter pipeline. We will likely never know the true figures relating to these killings especially since we will never likely know how many are indeed being held captive.
The chances of wild horses and burros already rounded up and getting out of BLM long-term holding or surviving it is heartbreakingly low.
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Photo Credit: Wild Horses: Randy Harris Photo at http://randyharrisphoto.com/wild-horses/.