three more cattle near Fort Klamath
Three more wolf-killed livestock have been reported in the Fort
The kills come just shortly after two other attacks happened in
recent weeks in the same area. All three incidents are
attributed to the Rogue Pack, a group of four wolves that mostly
stays in the mountains between Klamath and Jackson counties.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it was
determined Monday that an 850-pound yearling steer that had been
found injured by a ranch manager on Saturday had been attacked
by wolves. The animal was doctored that day, but due to its
deteriorating condition was euthanized Monday morning. It was
estimated the steer was injured three to five days prior to the
ODFW wildlife biologists said the carcass was partially shaved
and skinned and there was an open wound measuring 6 inches
across and 1 inch deep.
According to investigators the “depredation is attributed to
wolves of the Rogue Pack.”
Just a day before, ODFW biologists confirmed another 850-pound
yearling steer had been killed by wolves. And two days before
that, on Aug. 7, ODFW biologists confirmed a 750-pound yearling
steer was found injured after being attacked by wolves. Because
of the extent of injuries, the steer was euthanized.
The death confirmed Sunday happened in a 400-acre private land
pasture. The ranch manager found the dead steer. According to
the report, its organs and much of the muscle tissue from the
hindquarters had been consumed. It was estimated the steer died
24 to 36 hours prior to the investigation.
In the killing confirmed on Aug. 7, a landowner found the
injured, yearling steer in a 420-acre private-land grass
pasture. Biologists estimated the steer was injured
approximately four days before the investigation.
Its “injuries are similar to injuries observed on other cattle
attacked by wolves,” read the report.
Two other cattle had been found dead in recent weeks, one on
July 28 and another on July 29, in the Fort Klamath area. In
addition, a steer was found killed near Fort Klamath by wolves
from the Rogue Pack on July 17.
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