Pack of wolves in Ore­gon takes down 7th cow

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Au­thor­i­ties say gray wolf OR-7’s Rogue Pack has killed an­other cow at a north­east­ern Jack­son County ranch, mark­ing the sev­enth con­firmed live­stock kill at­trib­uted to the pack since late Oc­to­ber.

The Mail Tri­bune re­ports that the Ore­gon De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife re­ports that the dead and par­tially con­sumed cow was found Sun­day on a ranch in the Bound­ary Butte area where the Rogue Pack has killed be­fore, but a re­port did not iden­tify the ranch.

The Bound­ary Butte area is in the vicin­ity of rancher Ted Bird­s­eye, who has lost at least four cows and a guard dog that were con­firmed as wolf kills in the Rogue Pack’s home range so far in 2018.

In Sun­day’s case, a live­stock pro­ducer dis­cov­ered one of his 8-mon­thold, 550-pound calves dead in pri­vate-land grass pas­ture that morn­ing, and an ODFW bi­ol­o­gist es­ti­mated it had been dead any­where from 12 to 48 hours, ac­cord­ing to an ODFW re­port.

Ex­ten­sive feed­ing was dis­cov­ered on the hindquar­ters and in­ter­nal or­gans, but the car­cass and hide were largely in­tact, the re­port states.

Tooth scrapes and bite marks were found on the hind legs and mul­ti­ple deep bites on the neck, the re­port states.

Along with other ev­i­dence, the bi­ol­o­gist con­cluded the wounds and mus­cle trauma “are clear signs of preda­tor at­tack and the size, num­ber and lo­ca­tion of the bite in­juries are sim­i­lar to in­juries ob­served in calves at­tacked by wolves,” the re­port states.

The re­port states that the Rogue Pack pre­vi­ously had killed live­stock on that par­tic­u­lar prop­erty, but it pro­vides no other de­tail.

One other cow was killed on the ranch in Novem­ber, and one of Bird­s­eye’s guard dogs was killed in a wolf at­tack in mid-Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the ODFW. Four head of cat­tle killed in Oc­to­ber in Kla­math County were also at­trib­uted to the Rogue Park.

The Rogue Pack’s home range is in eastern Jack­son and western Kla­math coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to the agency.

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.

Wolves in Western Ore­gon are man­aged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice.

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