Wolf killed in Lake County

Update (10/18/16 1:17 p.m.) — Pledges from the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust and the Center for Biological Diversity have increased the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the gray wolf poaching case to $20,000.


Lake County, Ore. – According to ODFW, on September 28th a cattle producer on a Lake County Forest Service grazing allotment saw a live calf with severe injuries to its back legs that were consistent with a wolf attack. GPS radio-collar data showed wolf OR28 was in the area at the time the calf was injured.

On October 14th, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said OR28 was killed in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake sometime before October 6th.

USFW said the gray wolf is listed as endangered in parts of western Oregon, and it’s a violation of the Endangered Species act to kill a wolf in those areas. Current Oregon law allows lethal action to be taken only if a gray wolf is found in the act of attacking livestock, or if the wolf is involved in chronic livestock depredation.

The incident is being investigated by police and wildlife service officials. USFW is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the killing.

If you have any information, call 503-682-6131 or 800-452-7888.

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