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New wolf blamed for 2 more cattle kills

Gray wolf (OR-93), seen near Yosemite, California, in 2021. [California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File]

Two calves killed earlier this week by wolves in the Doak Mountain area north of Klamath Falls have been attributed to OR-103.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported both incidents were investigated Wednesday, Aug. 17, both on the same 36,000-acre private land allotment between Klamath Falls and Rocky Point.

ODFW staff found the carcass of a 250-pound, two-month-old calf in an area where the livestock producer had seen an injured calf, and where ODFW staff had repeatedly hazed OR-103 away from cattle.

According to report, “The severity and location of the wound is consistent with prior injuries observed on calves attacked by wolves.”

On the other incident, also investigated Wednesday, it was reported that on Aug. 13, U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife service staff had photographed a calf with an injured left elbow in the immediate vicinity of OR-103.

On Aug. 17, the carcass of a 250-pound calf was found on private land where the injured calf had been photographed. It is estimated the calf, which had been “heavily scavenged,” died 24 to 36 before the investigation.

Both deaths were attributed to OR-103. According to ODFW, OR-103 is an adult male that was captured and fitted with a GPS radio collar southeast of Bend in February 2021. It later dispersed into Northern California and remained there until returning to Klamath County in July.