offered for information on death of wolf. OR103 found dead Oct.
6 near Upper Klamath Lake
"Earlier this year, FWS said OR103 killed three cattle in the
Doak Mountain area near Klamath Falls."
Rogue Pack injures cow in Wood River Valley
Herald and News by Lee Juillerat December 17, 2022
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is
offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest of the person(s) related to the death of a federally
protected gray wolf in Klamath County.
FWS spokesmen announced Thursday, Dec.
15 that on Oct. 6, a radio-collared male gray wolf known as
OR103 was found dead near Upper Klamath Lake.
“It is a violation of the Endangered
Species Act to kill a gray wolf, which is listed as
endangered in the western two-thirds of Oregon,” a FWS
statement said. It noted the incident is being investigated
by FWS with the assistance of the Oregon State Police.
Anyone with information about this
case should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at
503-682-6131 or the Oregon State Police Tip Line at
800-452-7888. Callers may remain anonymous.
OR103 was an adult male wolf that was
originally captured after it was injured in a coyote leghold
trap in July 2021. After FSW biologists determined he was
not seriously injured, he was fitted with a GPS radio collar
The wolf was later found in the Keno
area west of Klamath Falls. As a result, the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife designated a new Area of
Known Wolf Activity, or AKWA, in the Keno management of
Klamath County. In making the designation, FWS officials
said OR103 originally dispersed into Northern California and
resided there until returning to Oregon in July 2022.
According to a news release, “The recent localized movement
indicates the wolf is now resident in Klamath County.” The
AKWA includes large private ranches and industrial
timberland used for cattle grazing from the spring through
fall. The area is bordered on the west by the Mountain Lakes
Wilderness and on the east by Upper Klamath Lake.
Earlier this year, FWS said OR103
killed three cattle in the Doak Mountain area near Klamath
Falls. There were several reports of OR103 being sighted
standing alongside roadways, including Highway 140 in the
Doak Mountain area.
Gray wolves (Canis
lupus) are the largest wild members of Canidae, or dog
family, with adults ranging in weight from 40 to 175 pounds,
depending on sex and geographic locale. Gray wolves have a
circumpolar range, including North America, Europe and Asia.
In recent years, gray wolves have been
seen in Southern Oregon and far Northern California, most
notably the Rogue Pack in areas of Jackson and Klamath
counties. This year, the Rogue Pack is blamed for about a
dozen deaths of several cattle grazing in the Fort Klamath
According to FWS, the wide range of
habitats in which wolves can thrive “reflects their
adaptability as a species and includes temperate forests,
mountains, tundra, taiga, grasslands and deserts. In North
America, wolves are primarily predators of medium and large
hooved mammals, such as moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mule
deer, caribou, muskox and bison” along with cattle.
“Gray wolves have long legs that are
well adapted to running, allowing them to move fast and
travel far in search of food, and large skulls and jaws that
are well suited to catching and feeding on large mammals.
Wolves also have keen senses of smell, hearing and vision,
which they use to detect prey and one another. Pelt color
varies in wolves more than in almost any other species, from
white to grizzled gray to brown to coal black.”
Historically, FWS notes that during
the early 1900s, predator-control programs resulted in the
elimination of wolves throughout most of the conterminous
United States, with the exception of northeast Minnesota.
Gray wolves were originally listed
under the Endangered Species Act as subspecies or as
regional populations of subspecies in the contiguous United
States and Mexico. In 1978, FWS reclassified the gray wolf
as endangered at the species level throughout the contiguous
United States and Mexico, except for gray wolves in
Minnesota, which were classified as threatened. The Northern
Rocky Mountains population was delisted due to recovery in
2011, except for Wyoming which was delisted in 2017.
Remaining wolf populations in the contiguous United States
were delisted due to recovery in 2021.
injures cow in Wood River Valley
The Rogue Wolf Pack, which travels between Klamath and
Jackson counties, has been confirmed as injuring a cow on
private land in the Wood River Valley of Klamath County.
According to a press release from the Oregon Department of
Fish & Wildlife, the injury occurred Nov. 26, when a cow was
killed. Information about the injury was not released until
Thursday, Dec. 15. Under recently enacted policy ODFW, only
very incomplete information is provided with few details.
As stated on the department’s website, “When a livestock
owner believes wolves caused the loss or injury of their
livestock, ODFW uses an evidence-based investigation process
to determine if wolves were involved. The goal is not to
determine the livestock animal’s cause of death, as in some
cases that could require a veterinary pathologist (e.g.,
illness, injury, age, poisonous plants).
“When doing an investigation, ODFW closely examines the
physical evidence (on the animal or the scene) to determine
if the domestic animal was actually killed or injured by a
predator — and not just scavenged by one after dying from
another cause. If the death or injury is determined to be
predator-caused, further examination is needed to determine
if wolves (rather than coyotes, cougars, bears, or domestic
dogs) were responsible.
“Most confirmed wolf attacks show pre-mortem bite scrapes
and severe tissue trauma in specific locations (rear
hindquarters above the hock, elbows, and flanks) on the
animal. In some cases, livestock losses cannot be confirmed
to be caused by wolves because there is not enough evidence.
In others, an investigation finds the domestic animal died
by an entirely different cause. More detail on the
classifications used is below.
“In some counties in Oregon, USDA Wildlife Services assists
ODFW when wolves are suspected and is the lead agency to
investigate when other predators such as coyotes, bear, or
cougar are suspected. In some counties, sheriff’s deputies
also attend investigations. ODFW needs to make the
determination for lethal removal of chronically depredating
wolves to be considered or if the livestock producer wants
financial compensation from the Oregon Department of
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