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Two more cattle deaths blamed on Rogue Pack

Wolf OR-7 was caught on a trail camera in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. (ODFW/file photo)

Two more cattle kills have been attributed to the Rogue Pack of gray wolves, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Both deaths occurred Friday, Aug. 12, in Klamath County’s Fort Klamath area, but were not announced until Tuesday afternoon.

Last Friday, wildlife services agents discovered an approximately 675-pound injured steer in a 240-acre private pasture. The animal was euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.

Following an investigation it was estimated the injuries to the steer occurred 8 to 12 hours before the investigation. Physical evidence revealed more than 30 bites.

According to the report, “The severity, size and locations of these wounds are consistent with injuries to cattle attacked by wolves. This depredation is attributed to wolves of the Rogue Pack.”

That same day, another incident in the Fort Klamath area was reported by a livestock producer who found the carcass of an approximately 900-pound yearling steer in a 360-acre pasture.

Investigators estimated the steer died 6-10 hours before the investigation. Physical evidence included more than 60 bites. The severity, size and locations of the wounds were determined to have been consistent with injuries to cattle attacked by wolves, and the depredation was attributed to the Rogue Pack.

So far this month, three cattle in the Fort Klamath area have died from injuries attributed to the Rogue Pack. In July, 10 cattle deaths were attributed to the pack, which is known to move between the Fort Klamath area of Klamath County and pastures near and around Prospect in Jackson County.