wolf attacks confirmed near Fort Klamath
by Stephen Floyd, Herald
and News 10/22/16
State officials have confirmed three recent wolf attacks against
livestock in the Fort Klamath area resulting in two calves dead
and one injured.
In a release published Monday, the Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife (ODFW) said they confirmed three attacks took place
last week on private land in the Wood River Valley.
The first two attacks were reported Wednesday by a cattle
producer who discovered the calves among his herd.
According to the release, the first attack occurred Oct. 2
against an 800-pound calf, who was found dead the next day by a
ranch hand who said he saw three wolves feeding on the carcass.
The second attack was on Oct. 4 and resulted in the death of a
The third attack took place Wednesday night against a 300-pound
calf, which the rancher said he heard making noises of distress
that evening consistent with a nearby threat. The calf was found
Thursday morning with injuries with bite marks and scratches to
all four legs.
While it is believed the Rogue Pack was the most likely cause of
the depredation, as they are known to be in the area during this
time of year, authorities said wolves in the pack are not
equipped with radio collars and they cannot say for sure.
“There’s a chance it’s not (the Rogue Pack), but we believe it
was,” said John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
Stephenson said his agency has been seeking opportunities to fit
a member of the pack with a radio collar but has yet to do so.
He said the opportunities still exists that an undocumented wolf
or group of wolves in the area was responsible.
Stephenson said the plan at this time is to compose a conflict
deterrence plan with non-lethal methods for avoiding conflicts
with wolves. Despite the number of animals involved, Stephen
said the attacks remain isolated incidents and there is no plan
yet to reduce the number of wolves in the area.
“I think there’s a good chance to make it stop with nonlethal
action,” said Stephenson.
Once completed, a
copy of the plan will be available at
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