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Wolf killed cow calf in Wallowa County

 
May 6, 2010

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore.—ODFW and USDA Wildlife Services have confirmed that a cow calf was killed by a wolf (or wolves) on private property in the Zumwalt area of Wallowa County.

The dead calf was discovered yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, May 5) by an ODFW employee who had been involved in efforts to haze elk away from the area, where there are cattle grazing.

ODFW and USDA Wildlife Services staff confirmed a wolf (or wolves) had killed the calf after examining the evidence including tracks and bite marks.

The wolf (or wolves) involved may be members of the Imnaha Pack, which has frequented the area since the beginning of the year. Several of the pack members have been collared by ODFW.

Oregon has a Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to guide responses to livestock depredation. Under the plan, non-lethal measures to avoid future incidents are the first response to wolf depredation. ODFW is now working with area landowners and representatives from the Oregon Cattleman’s Association to consider non-lethal measures.

Wolves in Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act. West of Highways 395/78/95, they are also protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

For more information on wolves in Oregon, visit
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves/

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022
Fax: (503) 947-6009

 
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