Surprise response from OFW on 3 wolf attacks on cattle

State officials have confirmed three recent wolf attacks against livestock in the Fort Klamath area resulting in two calves dead and one injured.

In a release published Monday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) said they confirmed three attacks took place last week on private land in the Wood River Valley.

The first two attacks were reported Wednesday by a cattle producer who discovered the calves among his herd.

According to the release, the first attack occurred Oct. 2 against an 800-pound calf, who was found dead the next day by a ranchhand who said he saw three wolves feeding on the carcass.

The second attack was on Oct. 4 and resulted in the death of a 600-pound calf.

The third attack took place Wednesday night against a 300-pound calf, which the rancher said he heard making noises of distress that evening consistent with a nearby threat. The calf was found Thursday morning with injuries with bite marks and scratches to all four legs.

While it is believed the Rogue Pack was the most likely cause of the depredation, as they are known to be in the area during this time of year, authorities said wolves in the pack are not equipped with radio collars and they cannot say for sure.

“There’s a chance it’s not (the Rogue Pack), but we believe it was,” said John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Stephenson said his agency has been seeking opportunities to fit a member of the pack with a radio collar but has yet to do so. He said the opportunities still exists that an undocumented wolf or group of wolves in the area was responsible.

Stephenson said the plan at this time is to compose a conflict deterrence plan with non-lethal methods for avoiding conflicts with wolves. Despite the number of animals involved, Stephen said the attacks remain isolated incidents and there is no plan yet to reduce the number of wolves in the area.

“I think there’s a good chance to make it stop with nonlethal action,” said Stephenson.

Once completed, a copy of the plan will be available atwww.dfw.state.or.us/Wolves/wolf_livestock_updates.asp.

7 thoughts on “Surprise response from OFW on 3 wolf attacks on cattle

    • Has there been enough pushing for nonlethal action? The ranchers get reimbursed for the animals they neglect, and fish and wildlife departments are willing to shoot wolves. What a deal for the ranchers.

  1. Why America insists upon a dull boring sterilized landscape is beyond me. Even tho OR has no tracking collar, I don’t trust that the agencies or ranchers won’t concoct a story to try to kill him and his family. They can’t prove it, but the headline is a proclamation anyway. It’s a non-story, but I guess it keeps OR in the public eye too. And to underscore what I said in my previous post, I’m surprised that ranchers still do not take non-lethal, proactive steps to avoid conflict – just assume they can do whatever they please, and their lackeys will hop to it!

  2. I’m certain that ODFW doesn’t want to end up in the same situation that Washington is going through with the Profanity Peak Pack. Also, Oregon doesn’t have a “conservation” group similar to Conservation Northwest that places cows above wolves and supports wolf killing.

  3. Just as a light-hearted aside: reading through the Wikileaks, nothing truly earth-shattering – but John Podesta seems to know how to make a good risotto, and also had some choice words for Cecil the Lion’s killer and that he should have been extradited to Zimbabwe. Not bad in my books! 🙂

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