ODFW Crews Called To A Pair Of Southern Oregon Depredations
The month of November picked up where the month of October left off when it comes to wolf depredations in Oregon. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife crews were called to Jackson County Monday where a ranch hand found a dead 10-month-old 650 pound steer in fenced pastureland. Investigators said extensive feeding was observed on the right hind quarter and internal organs. It’s estimated the steer died less than 12 hours earlier.
The carcass was shaved and skinned. The carcass had numerous pre-mortem tooth scrapes and punctures up to ¼" wide at both elbows and on the inside and outside of the remaining hind leg above the hock with associated hemorrhage and tissue trauma up to two inches deep. The size, location and severity of wounds are consistent with wolf attacks on cattle.
This depredation event is attributed to the Rogue Pack.
A day earlier, Sunday October 31st, ODFW crews were called to a 530 pound calf found dead in a 110-acre private-land grass pasture in Klamath County. Investigators believe that calf died 36 hours earlier.
Portions of the calf carcass were shaved, skinned, and examined. Numerous bite marks up to ¼” with associated premortem hemorrhaging and tissue trauma up to two inches deep were found in and around both front elbows. Pre-mortem hemorrhaging was found on the remaining hide and tissue of the inside left rear leg above the hock. This is clear evidence of a predator attack. The location and severity of the injuries are similar to injuries observed in calves attacked by wolves. GPS location data places a radio collared wolf within 700 yards of the calf around the estimated time of death.
This depredation is attributed to LAS13M AKWA wolf or wolves
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