Klamath County, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said a livestock producer called the agency on October 6th to report two dead calves in the area of Wood River Valley in Klamath County.
ODFW said the two calves died on different days. A ranch employee reported he had seen three wolves feeding on one of the carcasses on October 3rd.
Officials said evidence clearly shows the calves were attacked and killed by at least one wolf. The “Rogue Pack” of wolves is known to frequent the area this time of year.
According to ODFW, in a separate incident in the same area, another calf was reportedly attacked by wolves on the morning of October 6th. The live calf had injuries to all four legs. Wildlife officials said the bites were consistent with a wolf attack.
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.