Fourth wolf kill found near Fort Klamath
and News by Lee Juillerat 10/30/18
number of cattle believed killed in the Fort Klamath area by
the Rogue Wolf Pack now totals four.
Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,
who over the weekend confirmed the killings of three
yearlings found over a three day period last week, are
awaiting confirmation of a fourth animal found dead Friday
morning. The first three yearling calves were found Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings on Wood River Valley ranch
lands owned by Bill Nicholson leased to DeTar Livestock of
Dixon, Calif. The fourth was discovered Friday on
neighboring land owned by Roger Nicholson, Bill Nicholson’s
Nicholson said ODF&W personnel are taking turns camping in a
field where they are using non-lethal methods, including
large bonfires, strobe lights and the firing of cracker
shells, to try to deter wolves. One camper reported hearing
howling and distressed bawling about 1:30 a.m. Friday
morning, but no noise has been reported the past few nights.
“Everything is quiet now,” Nicholson said Monday.
remote cameras are being used to help track possible
movement and five traps have been set in hopes of capturing
and collaring wolves with tracking devices. Efforts at
tracking wolf movements have been frustrated because none of
the Rogue Pack wolves, including OR-7, have operating
collars. Nicholson said the number of wolves in the valley
is uncertain because one camera picked up six, including
OR-7, while five were seen by another camera in a nearby
field at about the same time. OR-7 has a collar but it is no
longer transmitting signals.
2016, when four grazing cattle were attacked and eaten alive
by wolves, ODF&W and other game biologists also stayed
overnight in an effort to deter wolf predation. At the time,
one wolf had an operating collar that helped track the
Saturday, when ODF&W biologists visited the Nicholson ranch,
it was determined one steer had been attacked and was
bleeding when it was dragged 500 feet to a ditch, where it
died of its wounds.
last week it was believed the Rogue Pack was on the Jackson
County side of the Cascades. In September it was determined
a large dog guarding cattle near Prospect had been killed by
a wolf. Before the recent killing, the last confirmed cattle
attacks by the Rogue Pack was in January, when two calves
were killed two days apart near Butte Falls.
on the ODF&W findings posted on its website, a dead
600-pound calf, carcass A, that was found Wednesday was
intact but open at the abdomen with evidence of feeding on
the right flank. Examinations of two other dead calves from
the same pasture, which had been buried but were unearthed,
determined that wolves fed on the flank of carcass B, which
was found Tuesday, while a third, carcass C, had been mostly
consumed and probably died Monday.
Physical evidence indicated a struggle/kill scene for
carcasses A and C, which included blood spray, and pooled
blood. According to the report, “There was a trail of blood
and rumen for 50 feet ending at carcass A. Carcass A was
skinned and partially shaved, revealing numerous
quarter-inch wide bite scrapes on both armpits, the hind
legs above the hock, flanks and the groin. Deep underlying
tissue damage with associated premortem hemorrhaging was
evident under the bite wounds.
“Calves B and C were skinned, revealing premortem tissue
trauma on the hind legs between the hock and anus, and
behind the elbows. These injuries are clear evidence of
predator attack and the size, location, and severity of bite
injuries are similar to injuries observed on other calves
attacked by wolves.
“Remote camera photographs,” the report says, “show Rogue
Pack wolves 2.5 miles from the pasture on (Tuesday). The
Rogue Pack has depredated on this property before. Since the
evidence shows that each calf died on a different night,
these are considered three separate incidents of
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