Rancher loses sixth animal to wolves
MEDFORD — Gray
wolf OR-7’s Rogue Pack has been blamed for killing another
cow at a northeastern Jackson County ranch, the eighth
confirmed livestock kill attributed to the pack since late
October, authorities said.
Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Thursday that a
livestock owner found an injured, 5-month-old, 235-pound
calf New Year’s Day on a ranch in the Boundary Butte area
where the Rogue Pack has killed before, but the report did
not identify the ranch.
Birdseye confirmed Friday it was his ranch.
lost six animals — five cows and a guard dog — to the Rogue
Pack over the past 13 months, Birdseye said.
essentially awake for the rest of the night,” Birdseye said
of the attacks. “Go out and walk around between 2 and 4 in
the morning to see where those wolves are. They’re howling
and carrying on. It’s just a really frustrating situation.”
case, Birdseye discovered the injured calf with a 2-foot
length of intestine protruding from the animal’s rear. The
calf was euthanized on site, and the carcass was brought to
an ODFW office, where an examination was completed Wednesday
“She was a
young animal. I mean she was probably 4-1/2, 5-1/2 months
old,” Birdseye said.
ODFW said the
entire carcass was shaved and skinned, revealing more than
100 tooth scrapes on the neck, abdomen, flanks and
muscle tissue trauma is a clear sign of predator attack, and
the size, number and location of the bite injuries are
similar to injuries observed on other calves attacked by
wolves,” the ODFW release stated.
biologist said the calf had been attacked within the
previous 12 hours, according to the report.
taken multiple steps to protect his cattle, including guard
dogs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists have installed
electric fences, with bright flags, motion-triggered lights
everything by the book between the state and the federal
people and tried to be cooperative with everybody, and we’re
just kind of starting to strike out,” Birdseye said.
Recently he has
been considering installing the large waving inflatable tube
men sometimes seen at auto dealerships. Some have begun
using the method in Eastern Oregon, Birdseye said. The
problem, he said, is adequate electrical power.
“We’re off the
grid, and it won’t put out enough wattage between the houses
and the buildings to operate those things, so we’re thinking
about maybe some little portable generators or something,”
he has not been able to relocate his calves.
“If I could get
them out of there, that’d be great,” Birdseye said. “But the
prices are so bad, I can’t sell them right now, I have to
wait for the prices to come up in the spring.”
OR-7 and his
pack will not be subject to lethal removal by ODFW because
they are in Western Oregon, where gray wolves are federally
protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Western Oregon are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
In past cases,
the owners of confirmed losses of livestock or working dogs
to wolves in Jackson County have been paid $1,000 in
compensation through the Jackson County Wolf Compensation
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