BUTTE FALLS — Gray wolf OR-7’s pack apparently is no longer wary
of the “Air Dancer” inflatable tubes that have watched over Ted
Birdseye’s cattle the past two months on his remote ranch near
Birdseye discovered a 400-pound calf dead from a wolf attack
Saturday morning just minutes after seeing at least two adult
wolves walking through part of his 276-acre ranch.
The one yellow and one green “dancing men” were flailing in the
night when the calf was killed, Birdseye said Tuesday, minutes
after the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released its
report confirming the wolf attack and fingering OR-7’s pack that
has run roughshod over Birdseye this winter.
“The dancing men have, essentially, failed,” Birdseye said.
“Those wolves were within 40 yards of them. Those things were
dancing away, and they just ignored them.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do now,” he said. “I had all
my hopes in those dancing men.”
It was the 12th cattle or pet death pinned on the pack since
September, and it joins a young guard dog killed a week earlier,
according to the ODFW. Previous to that, Birdseye had no losses
attributed to the wolves since he first fired up the Air Dancer
generators Feb. 21.
But now that run is over, Birdseye said.
“It’s the same old story, and nobody has had a real answer,”
The Rogue Pack and other wolves now in Western Oregon remain
federally protected as endangered species under the federal
Endangered Species Act.
Birdseye can apply for $1,000 compensation for his loss through
Jackson County’s Wolf Advisory Committee, of which he is a
The two Air Dancers and generators to run them were donated to
him by Defenders of Wildlife after a string of January livestock
killings at his ranch, which has been ground zero for wolf
attacks in Western Oregon.
As in many attacks, this one began when Birdseye’s dogs alerted
him to the wolves’ presence around 4 a.m. He turned on the Air
Dancers and drove a four-wheeler around the fields where the
cattle are, he said.
This time, however, after dawn he spotted two separate adult
wolves and perhaps one smaller one in fields near his residence,
and they ambled away just before he spied the dead calf,
Initially, Birdseye turned on the Air Dancers each night, but
gas expenses and fear that the wolves would become desensitized
to them led Birdseye to turn them on only when the wolves were
present, he said.
Now not even that appears to be an option, said Birdseye, who
has owned the property the past four years.
“It’s going to go on continuously,” he said. “It’s never going
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