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kill by wolves discovered near Doak Mountain (14 miles from
Klamath Falls, Oregon)
A third cattle death caused by a wolf
near Doak Mountain has been confirmed by the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In a case investigated Wednesday, Aug.
24, ODFW spokesmen said the previous evening staff from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service found the
carcass of an approximately 250-pound, two-month-old calf in
a 36,000-acre private land allotment. It is estimated the
calf died about 36 hours before the investigation.
An examination determined muscle
tissue was missing from the calf’s chest and hindquarters
but the hide was most intact. In addition, pre-mortem bite
scrapes were found on its lower left should “with large
areas of pre-mortem hemorrhage and tissue damage on the left
shoulder and right hind leg above the hock.”
According to ODFW, “The severity, size
and locations of these wounds are consistent with injuries
to calves attacked by wolves.”
The depredation is attribute to OR103,
a wolf described by ODFW as an adult male that was
originally captured and GPS radio collared southeast of Bend
in February 2021. It later dispersed into northern
California and remained there until returning to Oregon’s
Klamath County in July.
OR103 is also believed by ODFW as
responsible for two other cattle deaths in the Doak Mountain
area. Both of those incidents happened in mid-August on the
same private land allotment.
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