Wolf pair blamed for cattle death
A pair of wolves — one from California and one from Oregon that now live in Southern Oregon, have been blamed for killing another cow, this one in Lake County.
On Wednesday, a 400-pound, 4-month-old calf was found dead in a 2,000-acre private pasture in the Sycan Marsh area of Lake County.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the calf was found by a livestock owner. The animal was missing organs and muscle tissues on its ribs, hindquarters and front quarters. It was estimated the calf died the previous night.
“The wounds are consistent with injuries to calves attacked by wolves,” the report said.
The kill was blamed on the wolves known as LAS-13 and OR-115.
LAS-13 is a male wolf that dispersed from the Lassen Pack in Lassen County, California, according to ODFW. LAS-13 left the Lassen Pack as a yearling in August 2020 and entered Oregon in October 2020 near Goose Lake Valley in Lake County.
LAS-13 has a GPS radio collar that is still functional, and ODFW receives his recent general locations from California Department of Fish and Wildlife daily if there is new location information, according to ODFW.
After moving north into southern Deschutes and northern Lake counties, LAS-13 settled in eastern Klamath and western Lake Counties. In early March of 2021, through remote camera monitoring, LAS-13 was detected traveling with a female wolf, OR-115.
Through camera monitoring, the two wolves continue to be documented together, ODFW reported in August.
The pair were blamed for another cattle kill in Lake County Aug.15, in the Winter Rim area. In that case, a motorist observed and scared away the wolves as they were attacking a calf. The 500-pound, five-month-old calf was found dead later that day by the livestock producer on the public-land grazing allotment.
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