Klamath Falls, Ore. – Wolves are being blamed for three recent attacks on livestock in the Fort Klamath area.
John Muir of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says two calves were killed in the Wood River Valley in early October…
“We were contacted after the second event – investigated two dead carcasses at that time, and determined that both were caused by wolves.”
Three days later, a calf was injured in another attack by a wolf believed to be from the ‘Rogue’ pack.
“Because we don’t have a collar in that pack, we don’t have the ‘smoking gun’, so to speak.” Notes Muir.
Muir adds that ranchers’ options for protecting their livestock are limited, as the wolves are federally protected, “Because of those protections, lethal removal right now is not being discussed.”
Muir says the attacks have placed more emphasis on collaring a member of the pack, “As a result of this incident, our efforts towards trapping will be devoted towards the Rogue pack.”
So far this year, livestock have been attacked by wolves in the Swan Lake area east of Klamath Falls in February, and an area east of Ashland in late June.