ODFW: Wolf depredation confirmed in Klamath County

Remote camera photo of OR7 (Rogue Pack) captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

Remote camera photo of OR7 (Rogue Pack) captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

Klamath County, Ore. – According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, on October 19th a 700 pound calf was found dead on a private pasture in the Wood River Valley area of Klamath County.  The calf was examined by wildlife officials who determined the cause of death was wolf depredation.

ODFW said several wolf tracks were found near the carcass. Remote cameras also captured images of five wolves 3.3 miles west of the scene on October 14th.

Wildlife officials previously confirmed two other calves were killed by wolves in the same area on October 5th and 6th. The Rogue Pack of wolves is known to frequent the general area this time of year.

According to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, wolves don’t automatically prey on livestock, but if they are encountered, they are likely to depredate sporadically.

Current Oregon law allows lethal action to be taken if the wolf is found in the act of attacking livestock, or if the wolf is involved in chronic livestock depredation. Officials will use a non-lethal deterrence plane to prevent future attacks.

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