ENTERPRISE, Ore.—ODFW has confirmed that a wolf (or wolves) killed a domestic calf east of Joseph, the second wolf depredation on livestock in a month in this area.
At about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, a landowner reported finding a dead calf on his private property, approximately 10 miles east of Joseph. ODFW and USDA Wildlife Services investigated and confirmed that the kill was wolf-caused. Based on the condition of the carcass, the calf was probably killed early on the morning of May 20.
The private rangeland where the calf was killed is 22 miles south of the spot where ODFW confirmed a wolf killed a calf on May 5. It is east of valley farmland where ODFW has been hazing wolves and monitoring wolf activity since early spring.
The Imnaha wolf pack is known to reside in this area and members of this pack could be involved. Four of the pack’s wolves are currently collared, including the alpha male and alpha female, but radio and GPS records do not indicate that any of the collared wolves were involved in this livestock kill.
ODFW is considering next steps to avoid more livestock losses. Under Oregon Administrative Rules guiding responses to wolf depredation, the department may issue permits to landowners allowing them to injuriously haze wolves or to shoot wolves “caught in the act” of biting, wounding or killing (but not testing or scavenging) livestock.
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