Wolf attack confirmed in Lake County
by Stephen Floyd, Herald and News 10/6/16
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed a wolf
attack took place against a calf near Summer Lake in Lake County
It is believed OR-28, a 3-year-old female gray wolf, was the
perpetrator of the attack, which occurred on Timber Fall Butte,
west of Summer Lake.
Injured in the attack was a calf grazing as part of a herd on
U.S. Forest Service land. When the owner was gathering his
cattle Sept. 28, he noticed severe injuries on the calf’s rear
legs and the animal was taken to a holding facility.
Upon inspection, the injuries appeared to be two-to-three weeks
old and included scrapes and bite marks as well as areas of
exposed tissue where the skin had been removed. Both the
location of the injuries and the size of the bites and scrapes
were consistent with wolf depredation and ODFW considers the
incident a confirmed wolf attack.
No other incidents of wolf depredation have been reported in the
Information from the radio collar worn by OR-28 indicates she
was in the area during the time of the attack, providing grounds
to believe she was the wolf in question. OR-28, as well as her
mate, 8-year-old OR-3, and at least one pup are part of a group
called the Silver Lake Wolves with an active area stretching
from Silver Lake to the Chemult area and Northern California.
In response to the confirmed depredation, ODFW is composing a
conflict deterrence plan for those affected by the Silver Lake
Wolves. Once completed, the plan will outline non-lethal,
preventative measures livestock producers can take to avoid
conflicts with wolves.
Livestock producers who wish to be
notified about this and other wolf-related issues can go towww.dfw.state.or.us/Wolves/wolf_livestock_updates.asp.
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